Recently some self conceited partisans went to town, speechifying and preachifying the unwary that Senator Orji Uzor Kalu had been endorsed by the South east caucus of Serving and new Senators elect as their preferred candidate.
In order to give their nebulous press release a veneer of credulity, they concocted a communique listing the names of Senators elect from the South East.
Confirmed sources say some of the senators were not even in the country when the meeting held. A cursory look at the photograph will show who was at the meeting and who was not.
The said document which amongst other issues referenced Senator Godswill Akpabio’s selection by his party APC, as preferred senate president of the 10th senate as being tantamount to the continuous exclusion of the south east from the commanding heights in the polity.
The bogus communiqué allegedly claimed that the south east senators excoriated Ashiwaju Bola Ahned Tinubu for wrong footing the principle of equity, unity and fairness to the tripod of Nigeria Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba and the geopolitical zones.
Truth of the matter, is the informed critical mass in the south east, perceive Orji Uzor Kalu’s bid as not a derivative of his capacity, competence or loyalty to the substratum, values of Ndigbo. Rather he is an embodiment of the self centred political philosophy of prebendal sleight of hand that is alien to us. Most community and opinion leaders in the South East are in congruence with the view that OUK antecedents will not fly to meet our aspirations.
During the Presidential electioneering campaigns, he treated and subverted our group aspirations in preference for his strange bedfellows.
An Abuja based public policy analyst recently said that he is very happy with the APC arrangement that locked out all the APC senators like Orji Uzor Kalu and Governor Umahi who had hoped to clinch the senate presidency by throwing Ndigbo under the bus.
As far as the South easterners are concerned “we don’t want distraction. We are building bridges.”
This comment is believed to be an aftermath of the 2023 presidential election during which some notable politicians from the zone said Peter Obi of the Labour Party, LP, was wasting his time and that the South-East was not ripe for the position. Politics apart, many persons believe the south east since 1999 has had more than their fair share of five Senate presidents that did not rake in dividends of democracy to the region. They were all yanked out of office with ignominy. This time we earnestly seek to restore the presidential mandate and not the third fiddler position of a senate president. Worse still a person notorious as a wily and shifty personality with over vaulting ambitions, self-serving bordering on exploitative, dominant, controlling bordering on aggressive and impulsive, will not be trusted by his constituents. And that is why all the key stakeholders in his Abia North senatorial district have refused to endorse him.