Kalu disclosed this during an interview on Channels TV’s View from The Top, on Monday.
Kalu who spoke extensively on the last election in Abia State and the waning popularity of the outgoing Governor Theodore Orji said he would soon roll out a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) that would be in the forefront of a campaign for extension of tenure of Nigeria’s President to six years following the huge amount Nigeria spends on election. The tenure extension campaign, he said would start with President Muhammadu Buhari’s government. He expressed dismay at the huge amount of money spent to execute the last election which he claimed nearly ran the country’s economy aground.
The sweeping victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the last General polls, he disclosed, was a grand design between him and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. “He is alive you can ask him.”
He said both of them planned the realignment of forces and parties to wrestle power from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which he said did not win the election in Abia and some other places..
He blamed his past political woes on the clash between him and the former President Olusegun Obasanjo who he had several battles with in the court of law.
Asked to look back at his administration in Abia and what he would have done differently if given the chance again, he said: “I think I was very young then. I was just 38 when I became the governor. The only mistake I made was ignoring the elites. I was only thinking about the masses on the streets and not the comfort zone of the elites. The greatest mistake I made was ignoring the elite. I would have formed a committee comprising the elites to bring them on board.”
Orji recalled the circumstances surrounding his decision not to go back to the University of Maiduguri where he was expelled alongside others but later recalled.
“I did not drop out of school… I was the President of the Students Union’s Caretaker Committe, I was called back by the Varsity authorities. I had just two courses to write in the final year. I was called back and some people were not called back. I cannot betray anybody.
I felt since the other leaders that were called back did not go back, why should I go back.”