The senator representing Abia North, Sen. Orji Uzor Kalu has stated that only the All Progressives Congress (APC) has the capacity to produce the Nigeria president of Igbo extraction.
Galaxy TV correspondent Ajibade Awofeso reports that the serving senator made the declaration over the weekend in Arochukwu at the Party House shortly after the funeral ceremony of Late Jumbo Offor, a former South East head of Police Service Commission.
Addressing loyalists drawn from across party line, Sen. Kalu who is the Senate Chief Whip said APC has the popularity to make the dream of Igbo Presidency a reality.
The federal lawmaker also at the event welcomed hundreds of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and PDP in Arochukwu into the APC.
Kalu noted that other regions have had their shot of the Presidency since the return of democracy in 1999, leaving Igbo behind.
He also said the speculation that the APC national leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a South Westerner is eyeing the Presidency is one that the Igbo in APC has frowned at.
A South Westerner, Olusegun Obasanjo was the President between 1999-2007 and later succeeded by a Northerner, Umar Musa Yar’Adua whose lasted just three years in office before he passed on. Goodluck Jonathan, his vice then completed the one year left in the tenure and later contested for the office in 2011 and won.
He, however, lost his second term bid in 2015 to the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari who contested on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, an amalgam of political interest who came together to challenge and ousted the then ruling PDP.
President Buhari’s second comes to an end in 2023 when it is expected that other regions will support a South Easterner become the next President since it remains the only zone in the past 30 years that has not produced a President