Orji Uzor Kalu
By Ndubuisi Ugah
The attempt by former Abia State Governor, Orji Uzor Kalu, to return to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been described as not only an effrontery but also a way of deceiving the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in order to distract his on-going probe in the courts of law.
Special Adviser to Governor Theodore Orji, on Public Communication, Mr. Ben Onyechere, said in a statement yesterday, that: “When he made such move in the past he was rebuffed entirely by the party hierarchy in Abuja because it was discovered that he was out on a vengeance mission against some party chieftains both at the state and national levels. This time around he wants to divert the attention of the courts so as to delay his trial which ought to have ended long time ago by the courts.”
Onyechere said: “In a civilised democracy, he ought to have been jailed by now, and as such, this latest move is not only deceptive but a calculated attempt to destabilise the reign of peace and progress in the state and the PDP in general.
“Kalu should understand that there is time for everything, time for tricks and time for reality, his cup is simply full and therefore he must not continue to insult the sensibilities of Nigerians because nobody wants to go through the memory of dealing closely with him politically in the state starting from his ward to the national level.”
While noting that: “The people of Abia can no longer go back to the political doom which befell them in the past,” Onyechere noted that the people, “have spoken with one voice in rejecting any union with Kalu who loves to thrive in meaningless controversies.”
Chairman of the state chapter of the PDP, Senator Emma Nwaka, had recently stated that the party would do everything possible to prevent the state from “going back to the inglorious past” when it was regarded as a pariah state.
Nwaka, while fielding questions from journalists at a press conference in Umuahia, said the PDP-led government in the state had moved the state from being confrontational and antagonistic to the federal authorities as was the case in the last administration.
He said it was to maintain the new face of Abia that Kalu was being denied the opportunity to return to the party because he represents the dark past of the state when it was denied federal presence.
According to him, Abia has turned full circle from its past, noting that apart from the state governor, Chief Theodore Orji, working in partnership the Federal Government, all the key players in the state politics that used to work at cross purposes are now united.
“Things are working smoothly in Abia; everything is calm. This is possible because of the acceptability of the leadership,” Nwaka said.
He explained that the party was desirous of sustaining the peace in the party, adding that he would make sure the door was firmly shut against Kalu, who he claimed, would upset the apple cart once he was re-admitted.
“When you’re coming into a house and the people say they don’t want you, you should go back and think. The issue of integrity is very important,” he said, adding that the PDP in the state was not crying wolf when there is none.
The PDP state chairman pointed out that the party stakeholders from Abia who went to Abuja to protest against the planned return of Kalu had had personal experiences with the former governor and knew that “when you say one thing in the morning and do another thing in the evening, then something is wrong.”
On whether DR Kalu has actually made any move to return to PDP, Nwaka sais: “Strong intelligence report has revealed to them that the founder of the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) had approached the national secretariat of PDP to get the door opened for him from above.
“We know he (Kalu) has been making frantic efforts to come back. We know so much about his past and that is why we’re taking these steps (to stop him).”