Ogbonnaya Ikokwu, Umuahia
The immediate past governor of Abia State and Senator representing Abia Central, Theodore Orji, has attributed his predecessor, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu’s political misery to his presumptuousness and self-conceit.
Orji, who spoke through a statement by his Media Adviser, Mr. Don Norman Obinna, in Umuahia on Sunday, was reacting to the comments made against him by Kalu when he was hosted by a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state, Chief Uche Akwukwaegbu.
He said it was a pity that Kalu had unconsciously brought the wrath of God upon himself by his constant assumption of His power.
Kalu was quoted to have said that he made Orji the governor of Abia State in 2007.
Orji, however, noted that nobody had the power to make anybody anything, if the plan was not the will of God, adding that God is the only being that has the power and the ability to change a man’s status.
Brushing aside Kalu’s claim that he made him governor, Orji said, “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 governor, 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 so much craves– despite contesting on three occasions?”
Orji further said he had also forgiven Kalu but would not forget how he acted as defacto governor for three years and almost deprived the good people of Abia State the dividends’ of democracy through his excessive demands and family burdens.
He said, “A liar will always be a liar, no matter what. I am not taken aback by Kalu’s antics; he is the one that needs all the attention, propaganda and media coverage, having the desire to become the President of Nigeria, CAF and FIFA.
“My responsibility is to provide qualitative representation to the people of Abia Central and that I am committed to doing and not competing with Kalu.”
Orji also dismissed royal fathers in the state, Eze Samuel Onuoha, Chief Akwukwaegbu, Igwe Ohuhu and Chief Ukasoanya as fair-weather politicians and saboteurs who could not be reckoned with. He said that they survived by kow-towing persons in power and that they would turn their backs against the individuals when the goodies cease.
He said, “Kings seat in their palace and are visited, not the other way round. How can a man who called himself king stoop so low to the extent of attending a political event organised and hosted in one of his subordinates’ house with all his cabinet chiefs? That shows you his standard.