Orji warns Kalu: “Stop insulting my government”
Abia State Governor, Theodore Orji has warned his predecessor, Orji Uzor Kalu, against rubbishing his administration on the pages of newspaper.
He said Kalu should “stop running down his administration, using his ( Kalu’s ) paper as a conveyor belt.”
Orji, was reacting to a recent media report, which quoted Anambra State-born billionaire politician, Arthur Eze, as saying that “Abia stinks.”
He accused Kalu of using his medium to “twist the truth and propagate falsehood.”
Briefing journalists on Monday in Umuhaia, the state Commissioner for Information, Eze Chikamnayo, said that Eze was quoted out of context by Kalu’s paper in his bid to further rubbish the efforts of Orji to reposition the state.
According to Orji, Eze who spoke during the Abia @ 23 Celebration, was only expressing his dissatisfaction with the deplorable condition of the Enugu- Port Harcourt expressway. He said he did not refer to Abia internal roads, as misrepresented by the said report.
“From what Arthur Eze said, it was obvious he was voicing his concern on the state of the Enugu-Port Harcourt expressway since he drove in through Enugu and passed through the Okigwe section of the highway, which is in a very terrible state,” Orji said.
Orji noted that even the Abia State House of Assembly had recently passed a motion calling on the Federal Government to speed up the repair of the highway.
He said it was unpatriotic of “the former Governor to use his paper to turn Arthur Eze’s candid remarks to mean that Abia stinks,” a comment he said Eze had denied when contacted.
He said Kalu ought to be a shining example of patriotism, warning him to desist from “his campaigns of calumny against the state government.”
He added, “Or we will be forced to use every legal means to caution him.”
“It is only obvious that Kalu is intimidated by the towering achievements recorded by the present administration in Abia, a feat which could not be achieved in his eight years of maladministration.”
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