Former Abia Governor, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu; and former member of the House of Representatives for Ikwuano-Umuahia federal constituency, and chieftain of the All Progressive Congress ( APC), Chief Acho Obioma; have both come under fire over their recent uncomplimentary media remarks against Senator Theodore Orji.
While Kalu had reportedly claimed to have single-handedly made Orji Governor in 2007, Obioma had reportedly accused Orji of docility and complacency since his ascendance to the senate, advising him not to think of seeking re-election in 2019 .
But addressing a press conference yesterday in Umuahia, Director General of a critical political group in Abia Central known as ‘Abia Circle Six’, Chief Ako Atuloma, described the ex-lawmaker as a drowning politician who thinks the only way to attract attention is to blackmail Sen. Orji.
Atulomah dismissed Kalu’s claims as misleading and untrue, adding that contrary to Kalu’s claims, Orji became Governor by the will of God and Abia electorates.
He warned Kalu, Obioma and their co-travelers to stop looking for cheap popularity by attacking Senator Orji, whose political relevance has continues to soar.
Atuloma said Obioma was a failed politician who could not attract any identifiable project to his constituents “during his better-forgotten stay at the House of Representatives from 199-2003.”
He said the APC chieftain who is also nursing a senatorial ambition in 2019 is only being intimidated by the sterling performances of Sen. Orji “who has in less than three years affected so many lives and communities in the zone”.
” It is only an irony that Acho Obioma who could not attract a single project while he was in the House of Representatives is now challenging our hardworking senator whose projects are dotting the landscape of communities across the zone.
” Even the and now he has joined APC, he could not control the gully erosion that devastated his Amachara village until Sen. Orji through his legislative sagacity brought the federal government to remedy the situation.”
According to him ” Acho Obioma has been in the habit of attacking every democratically elected government when it does not favour him”, adding that ” the only government he was friend.t with was the military where he and his cohorts did a lot of ‘kill and bury contracts”.
He said Orji’s score cards would speak for him in 2019 insisted that ” thousands of Acho Obiomas lack the capacity to stop Orji’s re-election bid”.
He identified some of Orji’s achievements at the senate to include: facilitating the rehabilitation of Umuahia- Ikot Ekpene federal highway, granting of scholarship to over 180 undergraduates, distribution of electricity transformers to many communities, sinking of water bore holes, among so many besides sponsoring over 14 bills.