Abia: 2 ex-govs, Kalu and Orji throw abuses at each other
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Abia: 2 ex-govs, Kalu and Orji throw abuses at each other

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Abia: 2 ex-govs, Kalu and Orji throw abuses at each other

Two former governors of Abia State, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu and Senator Theodore Orji, have deepened the rift between them as they lashed at each other over the weekend.

While Kalu described his successor as a liar who will never stop lying in life, Orji on the other hand, said his predecessor was suffering from the wrath of God.

Paramount ruler of Ibeku Kingdom, Eze Samuel Onuoha, and others, who hosted Kalu in Umuahia, had asked him to forgive them for the alleged maltreatment given to him by his successor and kinsman, Senator Theodore Orji.

But in his response, Kalu said he had nothing against the incumbent governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu as he has no reason to quarrel with him.

Assuring them that he also had nothing against Senator Orji, he however said that he would have nothing again to do with him.

He said, “One man cannot run government; I believe in free society. I can’t hate Okezie (Gov. Ikpeazu) because of T. A. I have nothing against Okezie. I had case with T. A. not Okezie. I cannot transfer somebody’s sin to the governor. He has not offended me and I have nothing against him.

“Since I left office, I have been on my own. I never owed anybody throughout my tenure as governor. I paid everybody, both indigenes and non-indigenes because we are all Igbo and Nigerians. Since I left as governor, I have never bothered anybody but they told lies against me that I collected all the money from the state. A liar is a liar and will remain so till end of life. But I urge Abians to hope for good. Things will be better again.”

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Senator Orji, replied Kalu in a statement signed by his Media Adviser, Mr. Don Norman Obinna.

He said, “Kalu has unconsciously brought the wrath of God upon himself by his constant assumption of God. Nobody has the power to make anybody governor if the plan was not the will of God as God is the only being that has the power and the ability to change a man’s status.

“If Kalu claimed that he made me governor, who then made him governor in 1999 or did he make himself? If Kalu has the magic wand to make people governors as he often claims in his laborious effort to garner sympathy, how come he has not been able to make himself Senator, one of the positions he craves for and has contested on three occasions,?”

“I’ve forgiven Kalu but will not forget how he acted as de-facto governor for three years and almost deprived the good people of Abia State the dividends’ of democracy through his excessive demands and family burdens.”

By Ebere Ndukwu …

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