An Umuahia-based socio-political association, Odinma Abia, has advised former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, to stop seeing the state as his private estate that he must conquer once again and determine who governs the state and who does not.
In a statement signed by the group’s coordinator, Chijioke Ndukwe and the publicity secretary, Uchenna Okezie, respectively, the group said “Abia State has since outgrown the young state that was unfortunate to be governed by Orji Uzor Kalu and that for the urgent interventions of succeeding administrations especially that of the current governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu that has brought the needed development”.
The group reacting to Orji Uzor Kalu’s statement during All Progressive Congress, APC, zonal ward and state executive meeting in his Igbere home, wherein he said the APC would “free Abia people from bondage and lies being fed them” by the PDP administration in the state, said “it is quite ironical how a man like the former governor who threw the state into a near-perpetual financial slavery, a situation that brought Abia to its comatose state before the intervention of Dr Okezie Victor Ikpeazu”, would say such.
Continuing, the group warned Orji Uzor Kalu to desist from seeing Abia State as his personal estate which he can dictate to. What has become of the Peoples Progressive Alliance, PPA, which he founded?
Continuing, the group said, “Orji Kalu in his usual manner of personalizing parties and ruling like an emperor even took the said meeting to his personal home in Igbere as if the APC has no secretariat where such meetings are supposed to hold. It was the same thing he did while he was governor.
If Orji Uzor Kalu thinks Abians have forgotten, we shall remind him come 2019 when we, Abians, shall let him know that we will never trade the peace and progress we are enjoying under the current governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, who has in just three years achieved far more what Orji Uzor Kalu achieved in his entire 8-year, two term tenure in Abia State.