The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described as derogatory, the claim by former Abia governor, Orji Kalu that he personally funded the state for the first six months of his tenure as governor in 1999.
Kalu had made the claim when he gave testimony at the resumed hearing of alleged N7.6 billion fraud case levelled against him before a Federal High Court in Lagos last Tuesday.
He had told the court that there was no way he could have possibly stolen the said money when he used his personal money to run the state in his first six months as governor.
But Abia State PDP stakeholders, speaking in Abuja on Wednesday, faulted Kalu’s claim.
A party chieftain, Mathew Ibe, who spoke on behalf of the stakeholders, gave Kalu 48 hours to apologise to the people of the state or face court action.
He said, “We demand an apology from Kalu within 48 hours or we will drag him to court for breach of public peace because right now, our people are not happy with his claim.”
He said the stakeholders would report Kalu to the national leadership of the PDP on Thursday in Abuja on the next line of action, should the former governor refuse to apologise.
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