President-General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Gary Enwo-Igariwey has pleaded with former Abia State Governor, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, to forego his 2015 Presidential ambition in the overall interest of the Igbo nation.
Enwo-Igariwey made the plea Monday when he paid a courtesy visit to the former governor in his Abuja residence.
The leader of the apex pan-Igbo socio-cultural group said the plea became necessary in view of the need for the Igbo-speaking people of Nigeria to speak with one voice on important national issues.
He explained that he had been holding talks with Kalu over the issue for about six months after the latter approached him to seek his blessings to contest in the forthcoming general elections.
Enwo-Igariwey said, “We no longer want a situation where we speak from different points; that our agenda should be the same. That is why we came here to discuss with him about the Presidential ambition he mentioned to me before.
“I have talked with him; we’ve shared our views and appealed to him to shelve it (presidential bid) in the interest of the Igbo nation; to appeal to him to join hands with us to make sure our statements are with one voice.
“That as a people, we would like a great son like him also should join in this discussion, and appeal to him to shelve that ambition, until such a time we take a decision on the issue in Igbo land”.
According to Enwo-Igariwey, the former governor has assured the Ohanaeze Ndigbo that he is willing to join his kinsmen in taking decisions in the best interest of Ndigbo and the country.
Kalu, in his response said, “If the apex organisation in Igbo land says we don’t want any of our sons to contest for election this time, we will hold on and work with them and see what they will do.
“I will never be a scapegoat that will sacrifice my tribe; whatever my tribe says is superior to what I will think. I believe that they have their reason, their reason may be superior to what I think they may have”.