Igbo in Canada embrace Kalu for Abia North rerun

January 26, 2016 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ NEWS and Gossip


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By Chris Iwarah

A group of Igbo residents in Canada, Njiko Igbo Canada, has backed former governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu for Abia North Senatorial District rerun poll.

In a personal letter to the business mogul by the President, Mr. Clement Ezegbe Jnr., the group said Kalu’s practical approach to addressing challenges sets him apart from his opponents.

“The public and I have had ample opportunity in the past few weeks to analyse the aims and objectives of the various competitors in the upcoming election in Abia North, Abia State, Nigeria. Your (Kalu’s) honest and practical approach sets you apart from the other candidates.

“You have shown great concern for the residents of the community and your willingness to listen to people’s problems is commendable. I am writing today to show my allegiance and support for you and your campaign. It is my intention to vote and to voice out my message. I will also spread words of your ability and competence,” Ezegbe assured.

Back home, Kalu called on Nigerian youths to embrace vocational skills alongside their academic pursuits as a way of complementing government’s efforts in eliminating the menace of unemployment. Kalu, who is the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) candidate for Abia North Senatorial rerun election made this known on Sunday at Princess Hotel and Suites, Igbere, when students of Abia State origin from different Dr Goodluck Jonathan tertiary institutions gathered to confer the “Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year” award on him.

According to the former governor, many youths are unemployed because they are looking for white-collar jobs as against engaging in farming. Kano noted that considering the consistent drastic fall in the price of crude oil, Nigeria has no other option than to promote non-oil sectors of the economy, adding that the fall in the value of naira as against the dollar is largely attributed to the import dependent and mono-culutural nature of the nation’s economy. He said: “In view of the challenges facing the Nigerian economy, we must begin to invest in other sectors of the economy especially agriculture, solid minerals and tourism.

“It is rather unfortunate that despite the large expanse of arable farmland in Nigeria, we are still importing basic commodities including rice, banana, and fish among others.  Kalu used the opportunity to caution the youths against violence and other social vices before, during and after the March 5, 2016 rerun election for Abia North, noting that the peace and unity in the region will not be jeopardised in the name of politics, adding that the collective needs of the people is paramount and should be placed above selfish interests.

The businessman-cum politician also called on the electorate of Abia North to vote en-masse for him at the poll, adding that youth advancement, women empowerment and infrastructure regeneration will top his legislative agenda if elected into the Red Chamber.

Source: sunnewsonline