A former governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, has declared that only sickness can stop President Muhammadu Buhari from seeking re-election in 2019.
In an interview with journalists at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, on Sunday night, Kalu said he had no doubts the president was ready for the task ahead, Punch writes.
“Buhari is an honest man and will tell Nigerians at the right time whether he will seek re- election or not. We pray that his health gets better and that his doctors give him a clean bill of health.
“You know Buhari is also a man of conscience , if he feels his health will not allow him to seek re- election he will not go ahead. But, if he feels he capable of running he will seek re- election. It’s his right, he is entitled to second term. Even, people that failed in their class can also repeat in either elementary or secondary school.
Kalu acknowledged that the South-East region had been marginalised, but expressed hope that the Buhari administration would provide a window for new a beginning for the Igbo.
“We need to impress it on all Nigerians that we need a country where all stakeholders feel a sense of belonging.
“The earlier we have that sense of belonging the better for all of us.”
The former Abia Governor then talked up Igbo presidency in 2023.
“It is the right thing to do, Nigeria is built on a tripod, when you allow the South East to have the Presidency by 2023, that will be the end of the civil war,” he said.