Former governor of Abia State and Chief Whip of the Senate, Orji Uzor Kalu, has denied accusation that he betrayed the South-East for openly endorsing the Presidential bid of Senate President, Ahmad Lawan.
THEWILL reports that elder statesman, Edwin Clark, had in a media report, labelled Kalu a betrayer and claimed that he was not in support of South East presidency.
But in a statement on Thursday, Kalu said he had great respect for Clark as an elder statesman and a patriotic Nigerian. He, however, maintained that he will not allow his unsubstantiated claims to go unchallenged.
He said, “I have great respect for Chief Edwin Clark. He is an elder statesman and a patriotic Nigerian. I want to sincerely commend him for openly supporting the South East geopolitical zone to produce the next President of Nigeria.
“It is imperative that I remind him that I didn’t betray my people. Rather, I am doing my best to reintegrate them into mainstream politics.
“In the last two years, I have been at the forefront agitating for a Nigerian President of South East extraction, when most of them were all saying Southern Presidency.
“None of these actors openly said the South East geopolitical zone should have it. I was shocked that even the zone, the entire South East supported in unity, including myself in 2011 and 2015 respectively, has the highest number of contestants without thinking of their brothers…