10th NASS: Ohanaeze Reacts As Orji Kalu Protests Against APC
The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, an apex socio-cultural organization representing the Igbo community, has once again weighed in on the controversy surrounding the zoning of key positions in the National Assembly. The group’s response was prompted by the protest led by Senator Orji Uzor Kalu from Abia State.
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has designated the position of Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives to Representative Ben Kalu, who hails from the same Abia State. However, Senator Kalu, a former governor of the state, is advocating for greater representation for the South-East and believes that the region deserves a higher-ranking position, specifically the Senate Presidency.
In light of these developments, the Ohanaeze Youth Council, through its National President Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, released a statement urging Senator Kalu not to jeopardize the interests of the South-East by aligning himself with undisclosed groups that issue self-serving statements. The organization claimed that there are several anonymous groups working to undermine the progress of the South-East, with an agenda focused on advancing Senator Orji Uzor Kalu’s personal ambitions.
While expressing appreciation for the nomination of Ben Kalu as Deputy Speaker by the APC and the President-elect, the Ohanaeze Youth Council commended the decision as a merit-based selection.
He said, “Why Ben Kalu’s nomination is justified is because of his numerous works and capabilities shown in 43 bills and 22 motions and 2 laws signed by the President, making him the highest among his mates, especially those contesting.
“He brought the largest investment to Igbo land from the federal government that runs into billions without diverting same and has been visible on the floor and all over the media as the face of Ndigbo.
“As a spokesman, he did so well that Nigerians marked Igbos good on image making and public relations.
“He stood by his party despite all odds; he is credible and dependable and will not bring Igbos shame.
“The incoming government is happy with him and he will use that to attract more dividends for our people.
“He won his elections based on what he did visibly for his people despite the wave he was saved by his works.
“Those attacking him are those who feel his political positioning will shake their positions of leadership. They are doing it for selfish interest, not the region.”