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Gov Orji chasing rats, while Abia is on fire

In the last couple of months, some readers have been accusing me of writing about socio-political developments and failures of government in other states of Nigeria, while keeping a blind eye on the happenings in my home state, Abia. One particular reader, who, incidentally, is from Abia State, went to the extent of accusing me of deliberately indulging in what could pass for “Afghanistanism” over issues pertaining to the state.

He said, in his short text message (SMS), that worse things were happening in Abia than in some of the states I had commented on, but I refused to write on them. He thought that this was not fair on the people of Abia, insisting that if Abia becomes a failed state, those who refused to speak out would take the greater blame. I share these people’s sentiments.

However, I must say I have not, consciously or unconsciously, taken a trip to Afghanistan over matters concerning Abia State. I couldn’t have. Not long ago, I did write an article about the state government’s pastime of always blaming former Governor Orji Uzor Kalu for its obvious failures and inactions, for instance. In that article, which highlighted the “Kaluphobia” in Abia State, I stated that the mention of the former governor’s name was making some people, most especially the state governor, Chief Theodore Amaefula Orji, to catch cold. I stated that while the state government was dissipating energy on anti-Kalu smear campaign, the state was decaying, with bad roads everywhere and unpaid salaries.

It was an article borne out of disappointment that a governor, which shouted at the rooftops that it would perform wonders if it severed relationship with his political godfather, has not done much, in the true sense of it, four years thereafter. It’s pertinent to note that when the article was published, Governor Orji’s aides, in their character, did call me names. Funny enough, they could not say anything to convince discerning Nigerians that I was wrong in my position. Instead of proving that they had transformed Abia, they attacked Kalu and priding themselves as having done better than him in government.

I bet you that they would do the same after reading this article. They would start attacking Kalu instead of addressing the issues therein. This would not be surprising. When only sycophants and hired hands say that a government is doing well, in the midst of disappointment expressed by the majority, you can be sure that the glory of God and the goodwill of the people have left it. The truth is that in their praise-singing, they would not cover up the fact that Abia has degenerated from God’s Own State to a land of thorns and thistle, where the people expected bread and fish and the government gave them stones and snakes. I have looked at the TA Orji government and cannot but say that it’s irredeemable.

I have not seen any conscious effort by the government to leave an indelible mark in Abia State. What I see is an avalanche of excuses, for any thing not done. If people complain of bad roads, the government blames the rain. If lawyers stage a protest over bad roads, the government calls them sponsored group. If pensioners protest non-payment of their pension, government would call them disgruntled elements. If civil servants complain about non-payment of salaries, government would blame low federal allocation.

Of course, no amount of excuses would make up for the failures of government to fulfil its Social Contract with the people. A government, which is deaf to the cries of the people, in Aba, Umuahia, Ukwa, Ngwa and other places and which prefers to chase shadows cannot get anybody’s commendation. It’s sad that a government, whose people are daily crying over wanton neglect would rather embark on ego trip than use the instrumentality of power to better the lot of the majority.

The other day, Governor Orji and the so-called Abia stakeholders left state functions and other things for a self-serving mission at the national headquarters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The group said they were in Abuja to persuade the leadership of the PDP not to readmit Kalu in the political party. It’s unbelievable that men, who call themselves men, including a governor, senators, former secretary to a national political party and others, traveled all the way from Abia to Abuja, spending state government’s funds in a trip aimed at stopping one man from exercising his fundamental rights.

Such bahaviour is tantamount to a man chasing rat while his house is on fire. In any case, isn’t it funny that people who said Kalu no longer has political relevance in Abia State are afraid of his shadows in the PDP? Now that they are having sleepless night that PDP, in its reconciliation programme, may readmit Kalu, I wonder what they would do if Kalu accepts to rejoin the political party. To say the least, it’s incredible that Governor Orji and his co-travellers are playing god in a democracy, when they had, at one time or another, changed political parties.

These are PDP co-joiners who are trying to determine those who would join the political party. To be sure, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor was in the All Peoples Party (APP) in 1999. He lost the governorship election to Kalu and later defected to PDP, from where he became a minister, as Kalu’s nominee. Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, who was made deputy governor by Kalu in 1999, defected from PDP, in 2003, to the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), on whose platform he contested for the position of governor. He lost and later returned to PDP, from where he became a senator in 2007.

Senator Ngozi Nwoga was a member of ANPP and later defected to PDP. Governor TA Orji had defected from the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA), on whose platform he became governor, to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), first, and finally to the PDP. These are people who are now pretending to be better PDP members than others. Joiners, who may defect at the drop of the heart, if they think that their bread would be better buttered in another political party, are now determining who should join the PDP or not. For the sake of argument, let’s even assume that Kalu wants to return to PDP. It’s obvious that he would not have committed any offence if he so wishes.

The constitution guarantees freedom of association and therefore, anybody whatsoever could join any union, group or association of his or her choice. If Kalu wants to rejoin PDP, it’s his fundamental rights. As long as he meets the requirement of the PDP, he could join. It is not for TA Orji to determine his suitability or otherwise. In any case, what standing does Governor Orji and others have to determine who should join the PDP or not? Has anybody asked him and others where they were in 1998 when Kalu donated $1 million to facilitate the take off and smooth running of the PDP.

Where also were these people when Kalu established, built and won the governorship election in Abia, in 1999? Unlike them, Kalu never dumped PDP. He was rather chased out when then President Olusegun Obasanjo used the re-registration exercise of the political party to kick out people he did not like. TA Orji and his government should devote their time to cater to the needs of Abia people. Aba roads are in a state of disrepair, with craters, potholes and flood dotting them. Recently when The Sun published a report on Aba roads, the government publicists said the pictures used were taken when Kalu was governor. Last week, the government said it was going to rehabilitate more than 10 roads in Aba.

The truth has eventually come out. Civil servants in Abia are owed salaries for months. Pensioners are owed arrears of their pension. Instead of solving these socio-economic problems, TA Orji is devoting his time and resources to a self-serving campaign of stopping Kalu from rejoining the PDP. Time is running out on the Abia government. It’s almost two years gone, with two more years to go. By 2015 when TA Orji would have completed his two terms of eight years, some of us will not be surprise that the only thing he would have, as his major achievement, would be the smear campaign he mounted against Kalu.

I hope that by them he could walk the street of Aba, most especially, and not experience what happened last year, during the lying-in-state of the late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, when angry Aba residents showed their displeasure with the government by pelting the governor with stones when he mounted the podium to speak.

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  1. david December 8, 2012 at 12:50 am

    you spoke well ..the most wicked and stupid ,greedy and useless man i have ever come across is gov. T.T.Orji….but i know that one day he will give account of all his doings here on earth because how many years is he going to live more,then he will go were money is not needed again then tell me what he will tell God after all these wickedness to his fellow humans here on earth

  2. david December 8, 2012 at 12:51 am

    please gov.T.A Orji

  3. John Nwa Okposi December 8, 2012 at 6:36 am

    E woo! Chei!! O gini? Ndigbo ndi oma, ndi nwe m na ndi nwe, unu o n’ahukwa ihe m n’ahu ugbu a? Ihe na-esi m o na-esikwa unu? Ndigbo biko mepe anya unu k’unu hu na ike (anya nsi) unu dizi na-ezi. Ndi ndi-ozo juru aju, ha o g’ajuzi onwe ha? Ndigbo, anyi o g’ajuzi onwe anyi? Ike (anya nsi) Ndigbo na-esizi ndi agbata obi anyi, o joro njo! Ihe di njo di njo, ihe di asi di asi. Bikozienu, Ndi Chukwu tere mmanu, Ndigbo oma, ndi nke Chukwu, k’anyi hapu ite onwe anyi unyi n’iru. Ndi ozo jizi anyi mere ihe ochi. Ndi ozo a bu ndi achoghi oganiru anyi, ndi ekpere ha bu otu ha ga-esi hu Ndigbonile na-ime onunu. Eji m anya mmiri ebe a n’asi bikozienu k’anyi hapu igba onwe anyi n’anwu.
    Biko umu nne m (OUK na T.Orji), biko obi adighi m mma (o dighi kwa Chukwu) maka otu unu si agba Ndigbo n’anwu, nke kachasi ibe ya njo bu nsogbu ahu ekwesiri idozi na Abia, e wee buru ya ga na nke ndi iro anyi. Ihere o n’emekwa unu? Orji na Orji, kedu ka-unu ji eme onwe unu otu a. Unu gbahara onwe unu maka ndi pdp abughi ndi kwesiri idoziri unu okwu. Ka Chukwu gozie unu nke ukwuu dika unu na-eme otu a.
    A choro m iji ohere a (maka anya mmiri m ekweghizi ka m mara ihe m n’eme ugbu a) gwa ndi nile n’asi na OUK mere nke a mee nke a. Kedu ka-onye bu onye igbo g’abia n’ebe a na-ekwu ma obu na-ede ihe enweghi isi (n’asu ya na bekee) ekwugide onyi Igbo ibe ya. Gini ka nwanne gi nke n’agba nbo otu aga-esi chikota Ndigbo onu mere gi. Nkpagbu a nile ndi Naijiria n’akpagbu anyi bu Ndigbo o di unu mma? Anyi hapuru ngba anyi kwesiri igbawa wee gbawazie ozo. Onye obuna bu onye Igbo (ma ndi ochichi) nke amaghi na ndi iro anyi bu ndi Naijiria, onye ahu bu Ewu. Ndi ochichi anyi, unu bilie na-ura, unu dozie ala Igbo ka-odi ka-ebe obibi. Maka oburu na-unu ekweghi ekwe, Anyi bu ndi Ikorobia g’enyere unu aka ma-oge rue.
    Ndigbo, oburu na-unu achoghi OUK, biko k’anyi biakota onu jiri otu obi, mezie nghoro nime onweghi, ya buru na ndi Naijiria achoghi k’anyi chia n’afor Puku iri abuo na iri na ise, anyi azowazie Biafra. Ha nile di nfe ma oburu n’anyi abiakota onu ma hukwa onwe anyi n’anya. Onweghi ihe gbara Chineke ghari. Ka Chukwu gozie Ndigbo nile n’aha Jisos, amin.
    I g’enweta m na: zero asato zero ato itolu ano zero asato otu itolu abuo

  4. Charles December 8, 2012 at 9:36 am

    T.A orji is about the worst governor east of the niger, that is a given. But Orji kalu cannot escape the blame for imposing him on abia state. In fact he knew T.A was incompetent because they were close. He actually imposed him on the state to cover for his misdeeds. The columnist is doing a half- assed job of laundering his pay-master’s image.
    To me, both men are criminals.

    • blackknight December 8, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      Good Talk, you have hit the nail on the head. Kalu is to blame.

    • Badoo December 9, 2012 at 3:00 pm

      Charles’s fine orji imposed T A to cover his track .They have since parted ways let T.A open the fathom track.look my brother you cannot predict humans.Abia people voted for T.A,do not forget the vicious onslaught on Kalu by obj.It is unprecedented T.A won election in prison courtesy of Kalu.

  5. fitex December 8, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Kalu u still have d blame bcos u made d old man governor even when he was in prison.u rigged him.I have never seen a dead man talk,but kalu’s abrakatabra opened my eyes.a man in prison winning an election!but I do not blame u much bcos men can change & d effect of that change are these attacks ur receiving from d men u made.however it may be that God is using these men to punish u for ur wrong deeds,who knows!but woe betide men that bite d fingers that fed them.TA Orji I pity u.u were nobody without Kalu.just relax,soon & very soon u will dance naked.And to all u men & women out there who are fond of back biting their mentors b careful bcos nature must pay u back.

    • blackknight December 8, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      Kalu cannot wash his hand off what is happening in Abia, going by how he forced Orji on the state.

  6. NGO December 8, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    This fool, T.A Orji sacked all Igbo workers in Abia. Tell me how will the god of Igbos spare him. For causing many fellow Igbos to weep, he will weep double.

  7. HERO December 8, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    T.A. Orji Plays God.I don’t like such a man.

  8. raph December 8, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    i only see ta orji as nebucadineze is only god wij punishe his generation just go to aba u see tins for ur self.

  9. BOC December 9, 2012 at 12:16 am

    Really,Abia state in general is in a sorry state. Onye a si jide k’oji na-eme ihe di mma, mana onye a si haa k’oji na-eme ihe joro njo. T. Orji, biko nwannem, haa k’iji.

  10. Chikezie U. December 9, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Please, let’s not make ourselves sad because of T.A.Orji and his cohorts. They have simply sold their minds to the devil and one wonders if anything good, governance wise, can still come out of or from them. Imaging, no salary to workers, sacking of non Abians from civil service of Abia, no good roads and drainages, no good educational infrastructures esp in the primary school sector, no good health facilities and institutions, harassment of Abians with touts, indiscriminate levies, threatening of any perceived enemies with security agents, etc. I am Abian and live in Abia (Aba). Without sentiment, this is the truth and the situation of things here. May God help us and give us true liberation, Amen.

  11. The insider December 10, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    I said something on April 2011,that the re-election of T.A. Orji for second term as the governor of Abia State is the worst thing that has happened to Ndigbo,but many people didn’t understand or believe me,but now everybody has seen and believed.
    So I want to advice the people of Abia State to allow governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State to give them a true son of Abia from APGA who will take them to the promised land of milk and horney.

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