Chief Whip of the Senate and former Governor of Abia State, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, has endorsed former Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United States, Prof George Obiozor, as candidate for Ohanaeze Ndigbo President-General.
This is even as the Abia North Senator called on ImeObi Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the organisation’s highest organ, to adopt Obiozor as her consensus candidate.
In a statement signed by Barrister Emeka Nwala of the office of the Senate Chief Whip, Kalu said he has made wide consultations with Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige; Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu; Governors of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi; Ebonyi, Engr Dave Umahi; Anambra, Chief Willie Obiano; Imo, Senator Hope Uzodimma ; former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu ; former Secretary to Government of the Federation , Senator Anyim Pius Anyim; Deputy Chief Whip of the House of Representatives, Rt.Hon Nkeiru Onyejeocha ; Senator Ben Obi; other Igbo leaders in National Assembly and pleaded with them for their full support to Obiozor
He said Ohanaeze Ndigbo needed a non partisan technocrat to steer its leadership, stating that Obiozor possesses all the qualities needed to revive Ohanaeze Ndigbo .
“Ohanaeze is the authentic voice of the Igbos, which exists for the sole purpose of speaking for and representing the interest of Ndigbo since its inception in 1976. It is expected to be non partisan. We need a leadership that can rightly define and defend the interests of the Ndigbo.
“I have known Professor George Obiozor long time ago and I am confident he will competently lead an active, mature, hardworking and viable Ohanaeze Ndigbo organization,” he said.
Kalu also urged all Abia delegates to vote for Obiozor for the betterment of Ohanaeze and growth of Ndigbo.