Thursday, 17 September 2015

APC Chieftain Canvasses Support For Kalu’s FIFA Presidency Bid


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Dr. Orji Kalu

A frontline politician and member, Board of Trustees of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Sam Nkire has joined other well meaning sports stakeholders in calling on the former governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Kalu to formally declare his intention to run for the number position of the world football governing body, FIFA.



Nkire acknowledged the vast experience of the former governor in sports administration.
The seasoned politician made the remarks during a press interview with some sports journalists in Abuja on Wednesday. 
According to him, Kalu is a household name not only in business and public administration but also sports management. 
He said" this is the right time for Nigeria to present a formidable candidate with the capacity in terms of financial resources and network of contacts to vie for FIFA presidency. Supporting Kalu will not be out of place as he has not only the reach but also the managerial acumen to run the affairs of the world football body".
"During his tenure as governor of Abia State, he personally took charge in the running of Enyimba football club, earning the team victories in matches and tournaments in Africa. Kalu is also serving in different positions and capacities in many football clubs beyond the shores of Nigeria. With his antecedents in sports development globally and coupled with his passion for football, I strongly believe Kalu will do Nigeria proud if eventually he wins the race".
The APC chieftain while calling the political class and soccer lovers to rally support for Kalu's candidature, urged the federal government to set up a local committee to work closely with potential candidates from Nigeria in order to have an integrated campaign approach, adding that sports can be used to redeem the image of Nigeria in the international community.
In another development, Chief Sam Nkire has called for the scraping of the concept of security votes at both state and federal levels.
Nkire who spoke said any public fund which could not be accounted for by office holders was bound to be misused and therefore will encourage corruption.
The APC Board of Trustees member further condemned the situation in which some state governors especially, allotted themselves about a quarter of the state's income in the name of security vote.
He noted that the fight against corruption would suffer a setback if nothing is done to stop state assemblies from giving state governors money that cannot be accounted for.
Nkire therefore called on all APC governors to take the lead by rejecting the idea of spending government money without accounting for it.
He advised all public office holders to support President Muhammadu Buhari in the fight against corruption, adding that the fight would require collective effort to succeed.
The APC chieftain condemned political office holders, across the political parties, who divert security votes to personal use.

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