Is Orji Uzor Kalu Unhealthy Marketplace for Igbo Presidency In 2023? by Alexander Ubani
Alexander Thandi Ubani
I used to be a tiny little boy at Authorities School Umuahia in 1999 when Orji Uzor Kalu started his first reign because the Governor of Abia state. It was after years of army bastardization of the nation’s financial system and an uninterrupted looting spree by its evil-minded officers, simply after the ‘heavenly’ intervention that led to the dying of Nigeria’s most infamous thief, Sani Abacha.
The ambiance for a democratic system of presidency was at most cheering, expectant, and really accommodating with many Nigerians believing that the return to democracy would erase many years of satanic management from the lads in boots. It’s over 20 years in the past, and right here I’m a tragic grown man writing about somebody who ruled my state whereas I used to be nonetheless somewhat boy, now harbouring political needs to rule the nation. Sadly, for the reason that exile of the army from the helms of our political and financial affairs, now we have witnessed little or no change.
The faint recollections I’ve of Orji Kalu should not that unhealthy. I might bear in mind popping out of the college gate in my pink shirt, brown brief with brown sandals, brown belt, and college bag, seeing an extended white bus conveying a whole bunch of scholars freed from cost all the way in which from Umudike by, Nationwide Root Crops Analysis Institute, then Authorities School, Ofeke to Umuahia major city. It was a sight to behold as smiles on their faces couldn’t disguise the enjoyment of such a present. There have been additionally highway constructions in Abia state, and he was very fashionable on the time, younger and wanting to work. Fact be advised, his reign was not that spectacular.
Analyzing the political and ethical credentials of Orji Uzor Kalu, placing into perspective the altering political dynamics, it’s fairly protected to say he’s formidable however flawed. He has an overweight wealth of political expertise having served as a two-time governor and now senator. He has the monetary muscle to blow our ears away along with his campaigns throughout the 36 states of the federation, even Abuja. Such is his envious political resume that supporters not too long ago besieged him asking him to declare for the presidency in 2023.
Actually, I imagine Kalu should not waste his cash on campaigns making an attempt to please sycophants urging him to run for president in 2023. Being a two-time governor and now senator is sufficient privilege in his exasperating political profession. It is going to be a chase after the wind for him to heed the decision of determined folks and waste his time, power, and assets on a marketing campaign that’s lifeless on arrival.
In fact, he has political attain exterior the south and may boast of few political allies; however there are myriads of issues confronting him ought to he dare declare for president in 2023.
Kalu has a critical corruption case hanging on his head after serving as Abia state governor for eight years. To be sincere, many individuals nonetheless contemplate him responsible even after the Supreme Court docket ruling. He’s alleged to have stolen N7.1billion from Abia state treasury for which he was discovered responsible and sentenced to 12 years in jail by a Excessive Court docket earlier than the Supreme Court docket nullified the jail sentence.
Apparently, the Supreme Court docket primarily based its judgment on the truth that Justice Mohammed Idris who sentenced Kalu to 12 years imprisonment had already turn into a Justice within the Court docket of Enchantment, so mustn’t have sat on the Excessive Court docket to entertain Kalu’s case. The Supreme Court docket after nullifying the sentence, ordered a retrial. The curious half is that each one the proof used to nab Kalu by the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee resulting in his conviction by the Excessive Court docket are nonetheless intact and incontrovertible. So, ought to the case come up once more, it’s prone to comply with the identical course of that led to his earlier conviction. This baggage is just too heavy for somebody who desires to be the primary Igbo President for the reason that fourth republic. In saner climes, a smart man would forego his political ambition to clear his title, particularly on an allegation that’s troubling.
Orji Uzor Kalu
Even when he brushes apart the corruption burden hanging on his head, the following curious query is: which celebration goes to offer him ticket to run for president in 2023? I’ll wager one in every of my balls that the All Progressives Congress is not going to give its presidential slot to Orji Kalu. The political climate in Nigeria right this moment, contemplating what occurred in Edo state is a pointer to the truth that the ruling celebration is not going to need to threat dropping energy come 2023, as such is not going to need to give its presidential slot to somebody who has corruption case hanging over his head. Nevertheless, if he decides to make use of one other platform apart from the APC or the Peoples Democratic Occasion, his presidential ambition will endure immediate acute paralysis.
Kalu is conscious that in a time like this, numbers are extra essential than cash. Any politician desirous of fulfilling his or her political ambition to turn into Nigeria’s president should declare below the 2 huge events in Nigeria or kind an alliance with the large events, something much less is only a mere dream. Kalu is aware of this and that’s the reason the likes of Sowore, Mogalu and all these new breed of politicians who appear completely different from the previous political hags have continued to fail as a result of the Nigerian plenty don’t care about their resume or what they’ve to supply, however desire to comply with the large political events sheepishly. Getting APC’s presidential slot is one other herculean job that may hamper Kalu’s 2023 ambition.
Contemplating APC’s efficiency within the final 5 years, Nigerians are clearly bored with the celebration. The never-ending guarantees that by no means had been fulfilled have introduced Nigerians untold hardship with folks complaining bitterly over their determination to vote President Muhammadu Buhari as president. The bloodshed by bandits, Boko Haram, and herdsmen all around the nation is a turnoff even to his most hardcore supporters. His lack of ability to finish the spilling of the harmless blood of our folks by Boko Haram terrorists/bandits, the large corruption in his authorities, and the crippling value of residing have turned followers of the administration to foes. It’ll be a tough yr for APC come 2023 to convey out somebody of Buhari’s calibre, and for the lifetime of it, Kalu is just not that particular person.
I imagine the reward for a political place ought to be measured by efficiency and never who has the most important pocket. Nevertheless, the awkward development of placing folks with huge pockets forward of our each political aspiration has all the time backfired leaving the plenty in a cesspit of never-ending penury. That’s the reason I imagine ought to Kalu go-ahead to declare for the 2023 presidency, will probably be a catastrophe for the probabilities of the Igbos to ascend the primary place within the land, at a time everybody is aware of it’s there flip.
Ndigbo ought to open their eyes extensive and seek for the appropriate man. Come as one and never permit the silly concept of fronting 10 Igbo candidates in 2023 which breeds disunity. Let the previous politicians go, usher in trailblazers who’re able to effecting actual change for the good thing about all. Had Kalu include no baggage, I’m sure that he would have stood an excellent probability of changing into President in 2023.
I really like Kalu and harbour no ill-feeling in the direction of him, however in 2023 he’s not the person to steer the Igbos in Aso Rock.
Alexander Thandi Ubani writes from Lagos.
He is a journalist.