President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Gary Enwo-Igariwey, on Monday told former Abia State governor, Chief Uzor Kalu, to shelve his 2015 presidential ambition in the overall interest of the Igbo nation.
Enwo-Igariwey made the plea during a courtesy visit to the former governor in his Abuja residence on Monday.
The leader of the apex pan-Igbo socio-cultural group said the appeal became necessary because of the need for Ndigbo to speak with one voice on important national issues.
He explained that he had been holding discussions with Kalu over the issue for close to six months after the latter approached him to seek for support to contest for the presidency in the 2015 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 have shared our views and appealed to him to shelve it in the interest of the Igbo nation, to appeal to him to join hands with us to make sure we make our statements with one voice.
“That as a people, we would like that 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 him, the former governor has assured the Ohanaeze Ndigbo that he is ready to join his kinsmen in taking decisions best suited for the Ndigbo and the country.
He also said the visit was to urge the former governor to utilise his energy and expertise in making sure that the Igbo people speak with one voice.
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.”