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Abia PDP’s drama of the absurd


Since T.A Orji assumed power as the governor of Abia State, he has always been in the news, not necessarily for good reasons. This is why critics see him as one of the under-performing governors in the South-East. The state of roads in Abia and the general decay of infrastructure in God’s own state justify the grading. This is a man who became governor from Kirikiri Prisons without his strides. Before becoming governor, he served as Chief of Staff to Chief Orji Uzor Kalu for eight good years.

He came to power on groundswell of goodwill. Has he squandered it? Please fill the gaps. What is currently happening in Abia PDP shows that T.A Orji has forgotten a lot of things. Perhaps, this has to do with the collective amnesia among Nigerians. We forget easily in this country or we choose to do selective remembering. So, what has gone wrong? I tend to believe that Orji is both a victim of general and selective amnesia.

He must have forgotten where the rain started beating him and as such cannot remember exactly where it stopped. If he has forgotten everything, he should at least remember that somebody was instrumental to his becoming the Abia State governor. The person that did it deserves respect and honour and not opprobrium.

The problem with Nigerian politics is the dearth of mentorship and those mentored forgetting their mentors immediately power is entrusted in their hands. It is also the bane of Nigerian business as well. Please don’t misconstrue my intention here with godfatherism.

They are poles apart. Mentoring is healthy to the growth and development of all in the society. Nigeria would have developed more if the culture of mentoring is allowed to flourish. Politicians should, at least, be honourable in most of things they do.

That is why their names are prefixed with such terms as Honourable and His Excellency. Let governors be excellent in their conduct to merit the title. That is why the recent show of shame by some Abia politicians led by T.A Orji to Abuja is unbelievable. In their reenactment of the drama of the absurd, these politicians, who called themselves stakeholders of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in the State went to the party’s national secretariat in Abuja to protest a rumoured return to the party of former Abia State Governor and founding member of the party, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu.

The dramatis personae in this comic drama are the incumbent governor of the state, Chief T.A. Orji, National Vice-Chairman of the party in the South-East, Col. Austin Akobundu (rtd), Senators Nkechi Nwogu and Enyinnaya Abaribe and former national chairman of the party, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor. Akobundu, who spoke for the enraged group, posited that the return of Kalu to the party will undermine the peaceful co-existence and camaraderie existing among party stalwarts in the state.

Though the group was full of praise for the initiative of the party’s national leadership to reconcile aggrieved members, nevertheless it warned that the readmission of Kalu “would cause disaffection or return us to the battlefield of hostilities and would be stoutly resisted.” They failed to explain how his readmission will cause fire and brimstone to the party and to themselves.

Up to the time of writing this piece, no Abia Government functionary or Abia PDP member has come up with justifiable reasons for their fears. Without wasting time and over-labouring the issue, these Abians who went to Abuja with nothing but to prevent a former governor of the state under the party and a frontline foundation member of the party from rejoining the party have demonstrated that they have nothing to offer the good people of Abia. Their action is evil, callous and irrational. It is borne out of, hatred, wickedness and jealousy. Let me remind them that they do not have the right under the 1999 Constitution to even contemplate what they have done. In fact, they lack the ability to do what they are saying.

Their position is undemocratic and an infringement on Kalu’s human rights and freedom of association. Why must they travel all the way from Umuahia to Abuja to ask for the exclusion of their brother from the party? Who advised them into such misadventure? Are their no elders in Abia again? Where has the Igbo spirit of onye aghala nwanne ya gone? Why should they do this when Kalu has not even declared his intention to return to the party? Perhaps, they are afraid of his presence.

This is happening at a time Chief Kalu has not even given expression to such intention. What political mileage will Orji and his co-travellers gain if Kalu is not allowed to return to the PDP? Surely, they will gain nothing. All these born-again PDP members were once in ANPP, APGA and other parties before they crossed over to the PDP.

When has carpet-crossing been outlawed in Nigeria? They have ridiculed themselves before Nigerians and the PDP chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, who made reconciliation of PDP erstwhile members a cardinal programme of his chairmanship. These Abians deluding themselves with unfounded biases against Kalu should note seriously that they have no power to prevent Kalu from returning to the PDP if he wants to do so. At present, Kalu is more preoccupied with the Njiko Igbo project which is working towards the realization of an Igbo president. Joining the PDP is the least thing in Kalu’s mind right now.

The Igbo presidency project is bigger than coming back to the PDP. What the so-called Abia PDP stakeholders have said expressly contradicts Section 40 of the 1999 Constitution, which categorically states that “Every person shall be entitled to assemble freely and associate with other persons, and in particular he may form or belong to any political party, trade union or any other association for the protection of his interests.” Kalu should be allowed to exercise his rights as enshrined in the Constitution.

That the Abia political office holders in Umuahia are afraid of Kalu many years after he left office shows that Kalu is of immense clout and relevance in the state. It shows that Kalu is still a big force to be reckoned with in Abia politics and that he has large followership in the state. It shows that their campaign of hate and calumny against Kalu is working against them. Why in the first place should they be afraid of him?

I cannot see why the self-styled Ochendo is afraid of Kalu’s shadows. If he does not perform well, he will blame it on Kalu. One would have thought that after the so-called liberation, he would have performed magic and make Abia a heaven on earth. Instead, we keep seeing abandoned road projects and promises upon promises. The sorry state of roads in Abia is indicative of retrogression in Abia under his watch. Orji has through his anti-people policies inflicted pains on Abians and other Igbos in the state through his non-indigene policy.

Since he came into power, what has he done in Umuahia, the state capital? The governor should concentrate on how to deliver his electoral promises to Abia people and stop the Kalu hate-campaigns. Those campaigns are already working against him and his administration.

There are so many things that Ochendo can still do before leaving office in 2015. Apart from keeping Umuahia roads in good shape, he has a lot of work to do in Aba, the commercial nerve centre of Abia State. It is painful that many Aba residents have relocated to Uyo, Calabar and other towns in the East because of the dilapidated conditions of Aba roads. He should do something and reclaim the lost glory of Aba. These are issues begging for his urgent attention and not which party Kalu should belong.

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  1. NGO December 21, 2012 at 10:02 am

    When a leader has no clear vision, he chases the wind. Many death and pain caused by non indigenes policy wil continue to hunt this visionless administration.

  2. MR, GREEN December 21, 2012 at 10:34 am


  3. Cris December 21, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Let us watch ochendo dig his grave. He must reap what he sow.

  4. ucheson December 21, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Don’t mind those hopeless greedy politicians without hope & future. Their next trip to Abuja will end in a total air mishap…

    • Ken December 23, 2012 at 12:48 pm

      LOL….well spoken my brother!!!!hahahahahahaha!!!

  5. The insider December 21, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    I am tired of commenting on issues concerning T.A. Orji.I weep for Abia state.

  6. EJYKE December 21, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Both T.A Orji and Kalu are both a disappointed to Abia State, Both has caused Abians, so much pain by ruling like confused people, T.A orji is exhibiting the nonsense he learn t from Kalu although he added some flavor to it, the earlier the better both live Abia Politics the better for Abians and Nigeria in general

  7. david December 21, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    T.A Orji will surely die and face the judgement of God one day……he has done the worst in the history of government in Abia State

  8. kola amodu December 21, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    This writer is just as useless as T.Orji. By de way who paid u to write this shit of urs?. It must be Kalu cos u never say anything that’s bad of kalu even though while kalu was de governor he achieved nothing as well. U know what jews region need special delivrance before ur region can move forward. Jews don’t have leader who will perform, all u have is deceivers. Look at it this way, de only governor in de whole of jrws region u all claimed to be moving de state forward is Okorocah, is it not, now look at what de imbecil of a governor just did. He declared two weeks xmas holidays, have u all jews ever heard anything like that before. No never. Mark my word, these kind of leaders will surely destroy u jews. I wish all jews governors will declare four weeks xmas holidays. I just hope u get ur Biafra,so u can all this shit there. How can u expect T. Orji to perform afterall, his montor did absolute nothing. Carry go joo T.orji chop all de money meant for Abia state, nothing will happen to u, those before u did de same n what happen to them?. “NOTHING” EG “KALU”. U’re all comedians.

    • Joel Nwosu December 23, 2012 at 12:31 am

      Mr. Amodu, you can read the masses mind. They are all bunch of animals in human form including the writer who sold his birth right with few Naira. Woe unto them all! The Abians are no longer blind.
      OUK, TAO and the rest of them that went to Abuja will never smell any sit again in Abia. OUK is using Allen Nwachukwu that we know and is not going to work out fine for him. I wish all of them, including the writer death before 2015.

    • Ken December 23, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      I commend you fool anyway, for making a reasonsble point in an unreasonable way….big ups fooooll!

  9. The insider December 21, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Kola Amodu is unfair to say that Kalu achieved nothing as the former governor of Abia State.I am a resident of Aba,Kalu achieved remarkable and significant things in Abia,is just that his performance was below expectation.
    Nobody is perfect in this life,we should know that Kalu is a political havyweight,a Nigerian hero who has a role to play in next general election being 2015.

  10. kola amodu December 21, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Insider, i can see that u sit on ur brain, if not how can u opened ur stinking mouth praise kalu for what he did in Abia state while in power. By de way can u pls mention three or one of his achievement while in power. Am sure u’re one of de people who helped him destroyed Abia state. How can u call him a heavyweight politican , maybe in jews land but not in Nigeria, cos i know his like will never win a councillor’s ellection in my region(“SOUTH WEST”).

  11. evans December 21, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Kola Amodu keep quite, which south west ? So you are proud of what Tinubu did with Lagos state money or are you proud of what Alao Akala did in Oyo State. Is Gbenga Daniels better ?? You tribal bigot who finds happiness in insulting other tribe instead of fighting the common enemy which is corruption you are busy beautifying the looter we have in SW here. All politicians are the same, not even one is Ok in this country. The good people were chased away by the looter and murderess who call themselves politicians.
    Please tell me that good politician in . South West and I will open his secret to you here now now.
    If Kalu is from SW he will command the same respect Abiola commanded when he was alive because they are of the same category. PERIOD.

  12. peter omelazu December 21, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    T.A Orji certainly will return to Kirikiri where his permanent suite is waiting for him.I was weeping for Abia state last night Governor after listening a wonderful speech of Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa ibom State reassuring his people of his determination to improve their living standard and to transform the state into small Hong Kong of Nigeria.This is thinking of a purposeful leadership.God will deliver the state from the hands of these political Kidnappers.

  13. chinelo December 21, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Why is Orji Uzor Kalu complaining has he forgotten that the harvest will be always greater than the seed. Enyinna Abaribe is warming up to succeed T A The blood of Chima nwafor, G C Duru, Eleke Chukwu and others are crying for justice against Orji Uzor Kalu and T A Orji.

  14. ODUDUWA USA December 21, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    The writer is loosing it as his appeal for Kalu cann’t hold water.I am not a fan of Orji neither of Kalu but Kalu’s old antics cann’t work any longer in Ibo land.Kalu is a dirty and corrupt individual that cann’t be a spokesperson for a tribe(Ibo).I will advise the writer of this article to role back and compare and contrast when and how Kalu started his political career in the state of Abia.One problem with Kalu is that he thinks that the Ibos are stupid that he can take for a ride. Tell Kalu that he cann’t manipulate a tribe though, an individual can manipulate a congregation like some ‘pastors’ do but not a tribe as Kalu wants to do.The fact is that Kalu wants to assume as a spokesperson for the Ibo tribe so that any share for the Ibos will come/go through him and this is a criminal that cann’t be trusted.
    He(Kalu) might have suceeded in a state of Abia in the past and will not happen again this time.
    The only good job I think Orji did for the Abia is that he tried eliminating the boko Haram(Gangs/thugs like Osisikankwu etc) type of organization Kalu created in Abia State.The main point is that Orji is not bright/smart and looks backward.Kalu thought he got somebody who will deliver for him but that was a great mistake.The fact is that Kalu is a crook likewise Orji.It is like a criminal gambled a criminal case closed.

    • Joel Nwosu December 23, 2012 at 12:58 am

      Today, I will regard my self as an intelligent man as you have said my mind. Don’t mind the idiots who always comments childishly. For the write:- A fool is destroyed by his own words. The fucker starts out with silly talk and ends up with pure madness. They are all in trouble.

  15. ODUDUWA USA December 21, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    The only advise I have for the Abia people is for them to ‘vote-out’ Orji or anybody he wants to clone in 2015 so that so that Kalu will use the few of his livin.g gangs/thugs(not eliminated by Orji and his military)to fight it in the streets of Aba.
    The result will be that both men(Kalu and Orji) will never live in Abia State when the war is over.Remember the mountain of the military ‘APC’ on Kalu’s door on election day to surpress/intimidate him which wasn’t for a joke.Kalu would have been 6feet under had he(Kalu)dared him/military.
    Trust me it is going to be interesting in 2015 how the drama is going to be played out between Kalu and Orji.The good thing is that it will not spile-over.

  16. Dumas K December 22, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Evans, thanks for check mating Kola Amodu who sees nothing good in Igbo land. Both Kalu and T.A Orji are failures but among the two, there is one that is better – and that is Orji Uzor Kalu. The only road that is motorable from Umuahia to Aba via 7 Up was done by Kalu. This is the only road beign used even by TAOrji because the express road is no go area. Why i am so particular about TA is that, this is a man who reached the highest peak of his carrier as a civil servant and was made Chief of Staff by Kalu. From this office the treasury of the State was looted , that is the more reason he was jailed. People believed that TAOrji misled Kalu’s government using his position as the NNA MBE of the State.

  17. Simeon Akogwu December 22, 2012 at 10:35 am

    The Bible teaches us to pray for our leaders. Let pray and hope that things will soon change for better in Gods Own State. Secondly, Kalu i used to know tried his own best. Let us don‘t forget that he was named the Action Governor during his time. But b/c he feet out of favor from the power that was. Then he was label all kinds of things. I still believe in O.U.K . I Spport him any day any time, he is a MAN

  18. Chikezie U. December 22, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Gentlemen, Mr Robert has not said that OUK is a saint but rather he has dealt with the issue of T.A.Orji and the other mentioned people going to Abuja, all the way from Umuahia, NOT to let the FG know about the state of its roads like Enugu-PH express way, Aba-Ikot Ekpene express way, Aba-Owerri rd up to Ogbor hill with its death trap at Water-side in Aba and PortHarcourt rd also in Aba let alone their handicap in not being able to provide pipe borne water, good educational infrastructure esp in the primary schools, good hospitals and payment of salaries BUT to protest the rumoured coming back of a person into a party. God, we are really in deep trouble in Abia state.

  19. Uzobekee December 22, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    It was William Golden who, in his celebrated novel THE LORD OF THE FLIES said ‘when you’re afraid of someone, you hate him. It’s like ulcer, but there’s nothing you can do about it.’ The bunch that went on that mission of shame to Abuja is suffering from Kaluphobia, but it cannot help them. They only displayed their situation of helplessnes, hence they went to seek help from outside. It’s quite a shame.

  20. Man ndem December 22, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Mark my words…those that went to Abuja are the very people that loot and share abians money…as for T.A….everyday that passes brings him nearer to where he rightly belongs……kirikiri.

  21. Ken December 23, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Kirikiri is on his corner…

  22. chidi okoro December 23, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    T A. Orji and his cohorts are shameless .Abia House of Assembly members are idiots. When ever i enter my beloved Abia i shed tears. PDP has disappointed Ndi Abia and body coming up under that that umbrella will surely fail.

    Ndi Abia need a change but not from the like of Orji or Kalu.

    Readmission of Kalu to PDP is a welcome idea but his detractors are scared because kalu commands an intimidating followership.

    Where are the profs from Ohafia, Doctors from Ngwa land, intellectuals from Aro Oke igbo. All should rise up against T.A Orji. If we can do waht egyptians did at Tahir square, T. A will run away.

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