From Okey Sampson, Bende
Former governor of Abia state and Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) candidate for the March 5 Abia North Senatorial District rerun, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu has said he would be in pole position to address problems, which gave rise to agitation by pro-Biafra groups such as Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), if elected into the Senate.
Speaking at Igbere, his home town, during the last lap of his campaign tour of Abia North, Kalu said the issue of the pro-Biafra groups was so serious and delicate that it required someone with commanding respect from both divides like him to handle it to the satisfaction of all.
He said agitators must have their sentiments over certain things, which he promised to address to the benefit of all if he gets to the Senate.
“Agitators, whether they are in MASSOB, IPOB or any other group, have their sentiments and if I get to the Senate, I will establish a proper dialogue between them and the Federal Government so that the problem will be settled amicably.
“With President Muhammadu Buhari, I know, we are going to find a common ground so that justice can be done where there is injustice and the people will be happy,” he said
Kalu, who said he started championing Igbo cause when he was not yet into politics, stressed that although he would be going to the Senate to represent Abia North, he would look beyond that to continue to forge the cause of Ndigbo.
The business mogul said he could not thank the people enough for their love and belief in his person, stating that he had so many things to offer to the people of Abia North in particular and the country in general if he was elected senator, as according to him, what he did when he was governor was just a tip of the iceberg.
Also speaking before the cheering and dancing crowd, leaders like Chiefs Agu Uko Ukaogu; Joesco Joe (youth leader);Agu Ojukwu; Madukwe Ukaegbu (former deputy chief of staff to Abia deputy governor) and Mascot Uzor Kalu (former chief of staff to Abia governor) and Kalu’s younger brother, described Kalu as not only a true son of Abia North but that of Nigeria, who Ndigbo needed most at the Senate.
They said Kalu did much for the development of the area when he was governor stressing that this is the time for them to pay him back in good measure.
Earlier, the campaign train was in Umuhu Ezechi, where the rally was turned into a carnival as the people danced and hugged the former governor, who they described as their true son.
At Umuhu Ezechi, leaders of the people including Onwukwe Uwakwe, Peter Onyike, Innocent Ogo and Charles Igbe, all attested to the landmark projects Kalu executed in the community when he was governor of which they said remained in the area for people to see.
“We are not talking about projects his successors built only on TV, Radio and Newspapers but were not seen with the naked eyes; we are talking about projects that are there for all to see nine years after he left office,” they said.