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  • Buhari Should Compensate Those Who Campaigned For Him In 2015 - Orji Uzor Kalu

  • Former Abia State governor, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu, has said the time is ripe for President Muhammadu Buhari to compensate those who campaigned aggressively for him during the 2015 presidential elections.

    Kalu said this on a television programme, Clear View,” on African Independent Television (AIT), on Wednesday.

    An All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart in the South East, Kalu reiterated that only those who worked for Buhari, to realise his presidential ambition deserve a place in his cabinet.

    “I will encourage the president to play this game as a politician because, if you have appointed people, let them do the job. Also, appoint those people who followed you during campaigns so that they can have the benefit of where you want to be.
    “You cannot just win an election and import people to come and run the same government you want; it is not possible, it is not going to work.

    “So, politicians are supposed to run with the mandate they ran around with to win the election. If you go around, you will hear people saying, ‘we won election and the president doesn’t want to bring everybody on board.’ So, the president should, as much as possible, bring people who worked with him on board.

    “In fact, if I were in the president’s shoes, all the people who ran the presidential election with me and those who did not run and some leaders deserve to be told, you have one minister, go and appoint him and bring for me. The minister is Buhari’s minister; he is not Orji Kalu’s minister. But, you help to appoint him because you worked for the party. That is the essence of constitutional/business democracy,” the former governor said.
    Kalu also spoke on problems facing Nigeria and linked them with the total collapse of national interest, culture and social behaviour.

    On ceaseless calls for restructuring by various groups, Kalu said it should start at the individual level.

    “Nigerians should first restructure their minds and attitude. Nigeria will not get anything done if peoples’ minds are not restructured.”

    Meanwhile, Dr. Kalu expressed concern over the current health of the former Vice President of Nigeria, Dr. Alex Ekwueme.

    In his ‘get well message’ issued through his Media Assistant, Kenneth Udeh, Dr. Kalu expressed optimism that Dr. Ekwueme will soon get back to good health, stating that his wealth of experience and contributions is much needed in the country, especially in this critical democratic dispensation of the nation.

    Kalu, who just returned from the Peoples Republic of China also appreciated the support of the Federal Government by approving immediate medical treatment for Dr. Ekwueme.

    Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu in the statement said that he is in constant prayers to God over the quick recovery of the elder statesman and former Nigerian Vice President.

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