‘I apologise to Abians for installing T.A. Orji their governor’

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•I Support Igbo to produce President

…the same way we supported you on Abiola, Obasanjo, Yar’Adua, Jonathan

Former Governor of Abia State, founder and former presidential candidate of the Peoples Progressive Alliance (PPA), Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, who recently rejoined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), spoke to LEO SOBECHI (in Kalu’s Camp Neya country home, Igbere, Bende local council of Abia State) on a wide range of issues, including his pet project, Njiko Igbo.

Battle For Abia PDP With Governor T. A. Orji

Abia State PDP chairman, Emma Nwaka, has faulted your readmission into the party, saying the local chapter has not received you into its fold…

It is not his duty to receive me. It is unconstitutional for him to say that. He does not own the party; we founded this party and if PDP were to be a limited liability company, I would own about 90 percent of its shares. The first N500 million that was given to the PDP as a party in 1998 was from me; the draft was written by Mark Nwagbara of the then Hallmark Bank. What are they talking about? Those people (resisting my re-entry) are visitors to the party. Why are they afraid? You will see some ex-governors from Adamawa and other places coming back to the party in the next couple of weeks. Every other person is planning to come back to the party we formed because they (the joiners) are damaging the party. The ideas that we, the founding members of the party, had were to build a large movement of all Nigerians with competent people to lead it; with quality prospects for our people, to banish hunger, fight corruption and making sure that people get what they bargained for in a democracy. But today, it is a different thing.

This is why we have to come back, collapse all our structures and ensure we implement the original ideas of the founding fathers of the party.

What implications could the return of other former governors to the PDP have on your plans for 2015?

Nigerians should expect and experience good governance from the PDP; the party will come back to be a disciplined body. We are going to support the present chairman and the NWC to make sure that they are strong enough and that nobody will harass them. They will be bold and firm to implement the policies of our party. I have no plans for now (for 2015) except for us to continue working for Njiko Igbo towards the continual reconciliation of the Igbo for progress and unity as a people and to make sure that the Igbo nation becomes a dominant factor in the 2015 contest for the presidency. I have not given a thought to running for the office because since I left office, I have been very busy rebuilding my businesses. I have been touring around, to see how other people live; studying to understand the perfect work called the world and understand the perfect continent called Africa.

As one politician from Southeast with many friends in the North, how true is the suspicion that you are covertly working to produce a northern president with an Igbo running mate?

It is not true! I expect the North to support us for the presidency; that is the truth. We have no reason for that. Moreover, the PDP has made a Yoruba man, Obasanjo, president; it has made a Hausa/Fulani, Yar’Adua, president; and an Ijaw man, Jonathan, a president. So, the same structure should make an Igbo president. Nobody owns the party; it was our collective resources that made the party. Thus, nobody can dictate what he wants to be. When we get to the nomination ground, whatever comes up will be discussed.

The Southwest lost Abiola and it got the presidency; the Niger Delta lost Ken Saro-Wiwa and got the presidency as well; how come that the Southeast lost hundred of people and nobody is factoring that into the campaign?

Well, this is the reason we are fighting. It is in that spirit that we are fighting, because the Igbo have derailed. We lose human beings, we lose materials and everything, and nobody talks about it. It is the same thing: they are busy, killing Igbo everywhere in Nigeria. If there is problem anywhere, the repercussion falls on the Igbo. Let me be honest with you. We are not fighting the other regions; rather, we are saying, please, support us the way we have supported you. Igbo supported Abiola fully, Igbo supported Obasanjo, Igbo supported Yar’Adua and you remember that Igbo supported President Jonathan. So, it is our turn for them to support us. I think it is only godly.

Why Ndigbo Is Asking For The Presidency

What unique thing are you (the Igbo) bringing to the table for asking to be president?

We are not asking for the presidency for asking sake; we are yearning for the presidency because we will bring value to the political table of Nigeria. We are going to bring a very good leadership that will be able to address the issues of insecurity, power and elimination of hunger. We are going to address the basic human needs, to be able to infuse good values into leadership in Nigeria. Leadership has gone very bad and an Igbo presidency will redefine leadership. We are, therefore, appealing to other groups to be patient with us and give us equal opportunity we extended to them, for us to be able to redefine leadership in Nigeria.

It would not be in the interest of the Igbo for the country to break; it is in our own interest to rebuild the country since our people could be found from Kebbi to the Atlantic Ocean engaged in trans-state trading activities and rendering trans-state services. I believe it is in the best interest of the Igbo for the country to stand and be one nation. We are doing everything possible to ensure the unity of the country. We are not saying it (presidency) is a must. Accusing me of working for the North is just being true to type as a journalist. The Hausa will work for me and I will work for them; after all, this is what politics is all about. It is either I work for them or they work for me; somebody must work for somebody. As I am close to the Hausa people so I am close to the Yoruba, deeply! I am only saying that we should be given our own fair chance based on competence.

How will giving yourself to propagating the Igbo presidency accommodate the grooming of young people for leadership, as you hinted?

I believe grooming young people is totally an opportunity for any system to grow. This is why we are saying most of our elders, be they in the field of politics or football, are not doing very well. If you check from 2007 till now, a lot of propaganda is being employed to run government. Government is not run on propaganda; it is purely about what you can do for the people. The greatest problem of Nigeria is corruption and fighting corruption on the basis of partisan politics: If you are against me, I fight you; if you are for me, I allow you and you can steal blind, and nobody talks to you. I will give it to President Obasanjo; he is a very good bully, very strong leader but Nigeria does not need a strong leader; Nigeria needs strong institutions that can protect any leader. If you have strong institutions, then, there can be nothing like a weak leader. But they have killed the institutions that could have sustained democracy and made the society to be very strong. They killed institutions like the EFCC, INEC, the Police, etc.

The only viable institution Nigeria has got today is the military and they are trying to kill the military too. It is not good when you start sending the military, like in my hometown here, in Igbere, after innocent people in their homes based on their political beliefs. And I am sure General Azubuike Ihejirika (Chief of Army Staff) and the Commander-in-Chief can never support that. How are you going to groom leaders when you are pursuing them with the army? If anybody has committed any criminal offence, send the police and let the person go to the station and answer for his offence. I heard that because some people registered me in the PDP, the governor sent the army after them. That is not acceptable in a democratic setting. These are some of the ills we want to stamp out of our society. I was governor for eight years, and we never used soldiers for any communal misunderstanding.

We did not even ask for the release of soldiers; we only ask that soldiers be on standby for eventualities. It is good the soldiers battled kidnappers to provide security, but you don’t bring in soldiers anyhow because the military remains the only institution that is well preserved by any nation. We don’t even respect our soldiers here the way other nationals respect their soldiers. Army, Navy and the Air Force are supposed to be the strongest institutions we should have around and made respectable by all means. They are using them now for purely domestic purposes.

Global Security Agencies Know Governors Looting Nigeria’s Treasury

Despite Abia state government’s effort to frustrate your re-entry into the PDP, several groups and associations have continued to throng your country home to rejoice over your return; what could be the implication of this on Abia politics?

There were only two other people that you can equate with what is happening here. I am not talking about people who are in business; if it is about people in business, you can talk of Arthur Eze. He is not a politician and yet, he entertains a lot of visitors at all time. But the only two politicians that did what I do were Chief MKO Abiola and Dr. Olusola Saraki. These are two people that I know threw their gates open the way I do; they cooked food and served people whenever they were at home. The people continue coming (to my house) to show their appreciation that I have returned to partisan politics fully. They know that I brought positive changes despite the current wave of propaganda to discredit me. The governor (Theodore Orji) said he did not know what he did to me.

It is not true; he knows. I made him a governor when he was incarcerated by the EFCC. I made him governor without his input even as much as to campaign for one day! Yet, he left and said he didn’t know what he did to me. I think something is wrong somewhere. I did not quarrel with him except that I told him, ‘Governor, you should work hard and get somebody to replace you because you can’t win election again the way you are going.’ That was after two years of his administration; the rating in Aba and Umuahia were very low. And he came to newsmen with the claim that I wanted to stop him from a second term in office. That was his grouse against me. Is the second term (candidacy) not over? It is over! And he is still fighting. I am capable of fighting him; he knows I am not a weakling; he worked with me. But for the interest of the progressive and good people of Abia State, I decided to leave him to show that leadership which he said I stopped him from leading. Here is a man, who had come with all manners of accusations against me, which were untrue. I am not corrupt and have never been. The international community knows this; the international security agencies know that. From America to Israel to Canada to Germany to Belgium and to UK, they know me. In London, I don’t have two houses; I have just one house and I bought it in February of 1992 and it is still there. In Victoria Island (Lagos), where I am living, I bought it in 1986 and I am still living in that same house; so, nothing has changed.

The international security agencies know about the looting presently going on both locally and nationally. They know who is who by reckoning; they know every governor. Whether you siphon the money through a fifth party or a third party, they know and are tracing the whole money going around the world. And this is what our governors and ministers don’t know: that the more you push the money abroad, siphon it anyhow; they know the owner(s). Every dollar passing through the world — whether it is one dollar or a hundred dollars — is first reported in New York. That apart, I needed our governor to give qualitative leadership; he should stop deceiving the people and face his leadership based on the truth. Every other thing will fail but the truth can never fail.

I want him to come out and be born-again. He was telling lies that I went to look for him (for appointment). There is a man called Mba Abali, from Ohafia; he was the one who introduced him to me. I never went to look for him; I met this man (Orji) in former Abia Head of Service, Mark Agu Ogo’s house. I was crisscrossing from Lagos to Umuahia in 1998; that was the first day I saw him (Orji) as a person. I stopped by to greet my uncle, Agu Ogo and Theodore Orji was there. I told my uncle jokingly that, ‘you are too old; you know I am going to be governor, and by then, you would be retiring and too old. I will retire you and make this your friend the Chief of Staff.’ And that was all; I didn’t see that man (Orji) again until when I was elected governor and I sent for him. By then, he was working at INEC in Enugu. If he’s a disciplined man, he should know. He has spoken before the camera, everywhere. Here is a man who came to my house in Abuja.

The last time he came, I told him you had not done well. I had a witness. I told him that, ‘what I want to advise you is, look for somebody of your choice to replace you for the remaining term.’ That was all I told him. Instead of adhering to what I told him, he started fighting and fighting dirty. If he wants to fight, now I am ready to fight. We are going to fight but on the point of law and basis of reality. I will be willing to fight him, locally and internationally if he is willing to fight. But our people don’t need quarrels; what they need is development. He should replace fight with development so that Abia people will be happy.

People in Aba are suffering; people in Umuahia are suffering; everywhere, it is so. I expect this governor to work for our people. I use the opportunity of this interview to apologise to the entire Abia people for bringing this type of governor to them. I never knew. This was not his character when I was working with him. So, I feel genuinely that he should have a rethink because we are on earth; he would leave that governorship one day. I am surprised that the SSS is not reporting what is happening in Umuahia to President Jonathan. When we were governors, the SSS used to report to President Obasanjo on a daily basis. President Jonathan should stand up and fight most of these governors, who are corrupt. They are not doing anything. Or is he saying he cannot fight corruption? Corruption is a naked thing. We are setting up an institution very soon — the Orji Uzor Kalu Anti-Corruption Initiative; it would be our duty to expose everybody that says they are not corrupt. Let everybody that has served show how they built their houses and bought their (fleet of) cars; whether you bought in (a) fifth (party) name or sixth name. We must join hands together to work. Those of us who have been in business for our lifetime are surprised to see how massive stealing is going on now (in government). It is never done; government money is public fund. So, we should be able to address that issue.

But the governor said past leaders (including you) should explain the infrastructure decay in Abia…

Let me speak on our monthly allocations. Recall that allocations to states appreciated within a space of seven years. The allocations we were getting between 1999 and 2003 were N590 million and N700+ million; we had the first N1 billion in November 2004; it is on record. And our salary (monthly wage bill) was almost N100 million. So, when such people talk, I laugh! We built a lot of inner roads that he could have maintained in Aba. Why are they (the people) jubilating in Aba that I have rejoined the PDP? It is the same story in Umuahia and Ohafia! It is because one man wants to rewrite history and close the people’s eyes to the reality on the ground, especially about development in our state. The governor wants to serve the people soda water in the name of palm wine.

We had free education; we had free health services and the teaching hospital; and skills acquisition centres built when I was there as governor are still there. The other day, Labaran Maku (Minister of Information) came, and they showed him the Commissioners’ Quarters that I built; that facility was commissioned by (former) Governor Abdulkadir Kure of Niger State. They showed him the housing estate I built in Osisioma local council; they did not give me credit. They went and showed the teaching hospital; the one we completed and equipped; he (governor) has killed it. If Labaran Maku is a man of conscience, when he gets back to Abuja, he should tell them that he did not see anything on the ground in Abia State. I don’t know what the SSS (Department of State Security Services) in Abia State is doing; they are not reporting to President Jonathan on what is happening in Abia State. During Obasanjo’s era, he used to call on the phone to tell us what we were doing or not doing.

How bad are things in Abia State, the way you are imputing?

Everything is on a downward slide in Abia State, except massive propaganda. A reputable editor from the South-South told me he was surprised at what he saw. He was one of those attacking me but when he asked some intelligent questions in Aba, he saw it was nothing near to what I did in my time. They have cowed everybody living in Abia State with the army; the people are living in a state of fear. Let the people be free to say whether you are a good or bad leader. The task is simple: give the people qualitative leadership. Their problem is that if I go for a popularity contest with them, I’ll dwarf them because I am with the people.

You (reporter) have been here for virtually five hours waiting for me; you can see the nexus between the people and me. I am not afraid of them and the people are not afraid of me. So, if we talk about performance, I think Abia State is in trouble with the way this government is going. The governor has been talking and I left him; now, I am going to be showing to the public the amount of money received and the loans he took. He said I borrowed money; I never borrowed from any bank; the Central Bank can bear me witness. Why they are keeping quiet, I don’t know. When I was governor, there was no Access Bank in Umuahia; there was no Skye Bank; I never dealt with First Bank or Oceanic Bank or Intercontinental. Once a man cannot keep to his words, there is a problem. I have been in business for over 30 years and I have never gone to any police station to settle disputes with anybody. When we have any dispute with anybody, we settle it; that is the essence of human life. So, I am appealing to him to go and give leadership to our people. And I am appealing to those Abia elders following him everywhere — getting money every month, some of them past governors, retired generals and past top citizens — to think within their conscience that this money belongs to the state. People are suffering; they should rethink.

The governor said you handled Abia money in a reckless manner; didn’t you?

This governor was my chief of staff for eight years. I never handled money for one day. What we approved in the executive council was what I implemented. My security vote was handled 100 per cent by this same governor. Anybody in Nigeria knew I never touched that money. When he asked me where we were going to get money to do election in 2003, I asked him, where did we get the money we used in 1999? I don’t want to mention names. He was there when one of our companies repatriated money for the election and he was the one that handled the money. He was shocked and asked me, ‘so, you can use your personal money to do the election?’

And I told him that that was the essence of democracy. Now, I am a thief, when I was the first governor that Obasanjo named ‘action governor’ of Nigeria! So, what has changed? Does it mean I became very greedy, stealing everything to become a thief and I forgot the people? If you go to Abia government website, you would see how much I received from 1999. My monthly allocation was the same as the security vote of some of the governors of the Niger Delta region. Sometimes, my monthly revenue was just half of their security vote. But we managed to drive the system and keep faith with nature; we managed in many aspects to give qualitative leadership to our people. But now, does he show gratitude? He was nothing and I made him the chief of staff. Even President Obasanjo called my mother, to change his (Orji’s governorship) candidacy to one of my brothers. I said I would not do that. That is the truth. President Obasanjo is alive; he can confirm its veracity or not.

He called my mother and said, ‘make one of your sons (governor).’ The one in House of Representatives was the other one. He said, ‘bring him back; I will not tolerate that one (Orji).’ I said no; that the president should not dictate to us who should be our governor; we must make the choice ourselves. The day I handed over to him (Orji) before the public, I handed him the handover notes; and I said, ‘I leave you this book with your conscience.’ I knew he would change. That is the man you are talking about. I don’t like to discuss or talk about him but I will no longer take any insult from him; I will reply him. At any rate, he should tell the public the truth.

Abia State government has gone to the hilt of their borrowing. For the last three years, they have devised a strategy to go to the local government to borrow through one of the banks almost N11 billion, thus mortgaging the local government account. Have you ever seen such a thing happening in Nigeria; for the government to force every local government chairman to sign for N500 million deductions by a Nigerian bank? Remember they are not elected but appointed! There is no dignity sharing money with local government chairmen.

Why are they mortgaging the local governments? The local governments owe so much now that I do not know whether such organisations as NULGE (National Union of Local Government Employees) still exist. It must be this fear of the military, and Ihejirika must do something about it. The military should stop harassing the people. When I was governor, people criticised me. I told them I was ruling with my conscience and if you felt strongly about anything I had done, you go to a court of competent jurisdiction to challenge it.

‘Njiko Igbo Is Driving Force For Igbo Emancipation’

When you founded Njiko Igbo, most people said you were out to launder your image and become relevant. Isn’t it so?

Not at all! I just found out that we had a vacuum in the Igbo nation.

Other regions were gathering together, to fine-tune strategies of taking political power and our people, especially the elders, were busy going from one government house to another, to collect money from leaders instead of articulating strategies for attaining political power. So, I took it upon myself to face the challenges of our people that I felt were terrible, either because of the Civil War, as most of them have lost the psychological strength to put the Igbo nation forward. I came out to plan for Njiko Igbo with other well-meaning individuals, and we were able to form it. There is nothing I want to do politically that I cannot do. I am relevant any day.

Whoever tells you that I am not relevant is not in his or her right senses! I think at any point in time in Nigeria’s politics, I am relevant. There are six indices of power in any nation and I possess those six indices of power. Whoever says I want to launder my image is missing the point; rather, people have sympathy for me for all that I suffered within six months to the (2011) elections in the process of making two governors and they left. So, there is nothing bad about all that; rather, it is the reality of a great circumstance. I accept it as the will of God, which no man can change!

Yet, many people see you as a master strategist; hence, your every move gets different interpretation. Is Njiko Igbo really a platform to drive the aspiration of Igbo to produce Nigeria’s president or something else?

That is exactly what I have told you: Njiko Igbo is the driving force to mend fences among Igbo politicians and to move the Igbo nation to be able to produce a president. All other areas have produced Nigeria’s presidents; after 42 years of the Civil War, I think we need to be pitied. In northern Nigeria, if a minister causes trouble in Bornu, they will go and burn shops belonging to Nd’Igbo. If any two people that are not even Igbo exchange hot words/quarrel with the Federal Government, they will go and burn shops of our people. If anybody talks about the Quran in an annoying way, Igbo shops and residences are burnt. So, Igbo have made huge sacrifice for this nation in terms of human and material costs. Not even the Civil War had the same cost on our people as what we experience in peacetime. Honestly, I believe that the sacrifice Nd’Igbo made and are still making are enormous. It is only in Igbo land that you still see multiple roadblocks, police checkpoints where they extort money from people. If these people are doing these things to safeguard Nd’Igbo, it would be different but you remember that if there were a riot in Pakistan, Muslims versus Muslims, the repercussions would be on Igbo in northern Nigeria. If there were any problem in Lagos that does not concern Igbo people, but has to do with people of northern Nigeria, the repercussions would be to kill Igbo and burn down their shops.

Do we now have to regret the fact that our people traveled out to trade in other parts? No, we cannot because we remain one Nigeria. What we are saying is that people should stop harassing Nd’Igbo and burning down their goods wherever they choose to live. This is part of what Njiko Igbo is fighting against. We want a level playing field for every Igbo and non-Igbo staying anywhere. Since our elders cannot speak out against these injustices, we have to do so. That is why we called ourselves together to ask collectively what our generation could tell our children. Whether we are sleeping or walking along the streets, we are thinking about Njiko Igbo. This is the most auspicious time to do what we are doing. I think the Nigerian polity should allow us to participate in the leadership of a country we are part of.

So, you won’t jettison the idea of Njiko Igbo the way you abandoned PPA for the PDP…

Never! Njiko Igbo has come to stay. Our time will be spent. I don’t have any position in the PDP; I am not a minister or governor or party official. So, I am going to spend 95 percent of my time on Njiko Igbo, traveling around the world, preaching peace for Nd’Igbo and working for Njiko Igbo. What is the driving force of Njiko Igbo? There are a lot of acrimonies, a lot of disagreements, a lot of problems, misunderstanding, suspicion; and a lot of envy and greed among Igbo leaders. Njiko Igbo has come out quickly to talk to some of them and amend these problems surrounding us and move the Igbo nation forward. There is no nationality that has not got its own problems.

There is a big problem in the Hausa domain; relatively, the Yoruba have done very well and I think Njiko is just to serve as the political organisation of Igbo people since our umbrella organization, Ohanaeze, cannot modify these political quarrels — they are a socio-cultural group; so, I should not blame them — they cannot do politics. We are not pretending about it; our sole aim is to fight until one of our own would be in Aso Rock. That is a major task before us. We are getting the traders and everybody, even those in the Diaspora connected. We are more faithful about this organisation; it is not such an organisation you are expected to pay anybody to join. You can see the quality of people we have, Senators Emma Onwe and Anyanwu and the rest; who are leading the group. So, you find out that we are the driving force for the political emancipation of our people. What is the fundamental difference between Njiko Igbo, Ohanaeze and Aka Ikenga?

Aka Ikenga is also a group of Igbo people; though they have done very well, they are not politically strong enough to move the cause of our people. The difference between these three groups, in a nutshell, is that Ohanaeze is the apex body; Aka Ikenga is made up of young men mainly in Lagos, but Njiko Igbo is made up of Igbo all over the world. All Igbo in their hearts want one of their own to be president.

And that is the difference; we are not interested in anything other than that we should be given our right to produce Nigeria’s president. Njiko Igbo is politically motivated. We are saying a Nigerian of Igbo extraction should be president. We have shown commitment to other zones; we have helped Obasanjo, Yar’Adua and Jonathan to be presidents. In the same token, we also helped MKO Abiola and he won. When Shonekan was interim leader, we helped him a lot to stabilise the government. Therefore, we are appealing and asking other parts of Nigeria to help us redefine Nigeria and render the qualitative leadership we need. We will stop at nothing to give qualitative leadership that will ameliorate the sufferings of the people. We know the people and Igbo know how to solve the problems of the people because everywhere you go, from Sahara desert to the Atlantic Ocean, you meet Igbo.

I am not saying that Igbo would do it alone; we are going to work with the best brains available to redefine Nigeria. Most people believe the Igbo are not united politically; can they ever be united? What manner of advice can you give to them? You will see a greater unity of Igbo in the next one and a half years. We have worked for this unity; we are not only saying it is our turn to be president, but also that we are competent. We would redefine Nigeria with good leadership, to show that we can fight insecurity, corruption and the infrastructure decay you see today. We can do it; the Igbo can! It must not be me; I am not talking about myself but any other Igbo. Igbo should stop being gullible; they can say no to food. In many occasions, both federal and state governments had made overtures to me on things that I consider as nothing. Nobody can buy me with money; my needs for money are limited.

I have the guts to say no even when I am starving. I used to look at some Abians and Igbo people as not being too exposed. If they are exposed, they should know that if I needed money as a governor, I should have been with Obasanjo, supporting his every deed. He controlled the NNPC where most of my businesses are. Igbo don’t need a strong man; what we need is a strong institution with a courageous man to build Nigeria. The INEC is broken down; the Police are down; EFCC is down; all the institutions that stimulate democracy are down. There must be a stimulus package for democracy to work, and without those institutions, democracy cannot work.

How George Bush ‘Stopped’ Obasanjo From Third Term

What was/were you disagreement(s) with former President Obasanjo?

Mind you, I never quarreled with President Obasanjo because I wanted quarrels; rather, I quarreled on issues that affected the (Enugu-Port Harcourt) expressway, the Igbo people, and on the Onitsha-Owerri expressway.

I quarreled with him on issues that bordered on the dry port he promised and never did. In fact, I quarreled on issues concerning my people. And that was part of the reason I was elected to represent them. When I finished representing them, I stopped. When people asked why I was no longer talking, I asked them why I should talk, when my tenure as their representative had elapsed? I had nothing more to talk. When they elected me, I was talking about security, education, health; I was pushing the Federal Government to do what they are supposed to do. That is the essence of democracy. When I was governor, the president (Obasanjo) did not vote for me, but I voted for him; so, I had to tell him what I wanted or what the people of Abia or Igbo people wanted. I have a lot respect for the person of President Obasanjo and his office then; I still love and respect him as a statesman.

He loves this country but he applied a different way to different people. That was my quarrel. I remember I told (former) President George Bush Jnr. that Obasanjo wanted to run for a third term in office. And President Bush confirmed my discussion with him. That made Obasanjo to hate me with a passion. I can tell you it was, indeed, President Bush Jnr. that helped save our democracy; people don’t know that. When Obasanjo, as the then AU (African Union) chairman, after the meeting in Sudan, went to brief President Bush, he wanted to test the waters with the AU chairmanship and then become third-time president. The union, led by President Thabo Mbeki, said no. So, when I told President Bush that this man was looking for third term against the (provision of the) constitution, he told Obasanjo that ‘if you try it, I will come after you like my father came after Noriega,’ That was also part of the cause of my major rift with Obasanjo. Why should I allow him to do a third term when people like us have not been president? We fought for democracy; staked our live

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  1. Thank you my home man. We the people of Bende and igbo at large are proud of you. Forget about T A Orji is his men. They have exhausted their political relevance. Theirs is a non issue.

  2. OUK, WE KNOW WHO IS WHO IN NIGERIA, YOU ARE ONE OF THE VERY FEW THAT THIS COUNTRY IS WAITING FOR TO SHOWCASE HER POTENTIALS, WE KNOW THAT YOU DID NOT STEAL ABIA STATE MONEY THAT YOUR TROUBLE WAS BECAUSE YOU TOLD OBJ THE TRUTH, WE KNOW ALL THESE AND THE WHOLE WORLD KNOW. MY HAPPINESS IS THAT YOU HAVE COME TO SAY SORRY TO ABIANS FOR ENTRUSTING T.A WITH ABIA FUTURE. THIS IS ONE OF THE QUALITIES OF AN UPRIGHT AND A GOOD LEADER, WHO KNOWS HIS WRONGS AND APOLOGISE TO IT. IF T.A HAS ANYTHING CONTRARY TO ALL YOU HAVE SAID HERE, LET HIM SAY IT. INFACT I HATE TO READY ANYTHING HE SAYS BECAUSE I KNOW IT IS ALWAYS `A WINDOW DRESSING`. LET ABIANS HAVE PATIENCE FOR THE 2 YRS REMAINING AND HE WILL BE A HISTORY AND A GUEST AT THE EFCC AND WE WILL SEE WHO WILL COME FOR HIM SINCE HE HAS DECIDED TO BITE THE FINGER THAT FED HIM.

  3. I find it hard to believe Chief Orji Kalu because i couldn’t see anything he did for Abia people the last time i visited, he just ruled the state in less then 10yrs ago, visit a place like Dubai, Hong kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and many states of China then you will understand what it means for a Government to be working for her people! all this talks are rubbish to me!

    • I dont think you have a brain when you compare this places with Abia state.You will compare this places to Nigeria not state,And you have to know what your monthly allocation is and your internal generated revenue.All we are asking is good governance and provision of basic amenities and the rest will spill over to investment,production and employment and the private sectors development will ensure rapid improvement to enable us attain to the level of countries and cities you mentioned.Your current Governor is just a mess simple.

      • If you think Aba and Umuahia can not be like Enugu and Akwa Ibom,then you are the brainless one here.Orji Kalu ought to be in jail for confessing to rig for his boy TA

    • Orji kalu,i am not a pretty girl who can fall for u with this ur unforgivable lies against ur boy, T.A Orji.repent and stop lying to people.Mumu!

    • If Mikepower thinks Aba or Umuahia can not be at least like Enugu,then he is the brainless one here.OUK should be in jail for confessing to rigging for TA who never had and still does nt have any plan of how to govern a state.But in terms of infastructural development I rate him a little higer than OUK.On the whole both are the worst

  4. Orji Uzo Kalu is truely a prodigal son and a political prostitute just as his mother. A man who with the mother bastardized governance in Abia State for eight years. A man who like Ibori of Delta State should have been in jail for economic and poliitcal corruption if not for Nigerian factor. What an irony, the Sun Newspaper publishing statement from such an evil opportunistic Orji Uzo nKalu who ruined Abia State economy thereby putting life of millions of people in perpetual poverty.

    • calm down, I was born and brought up in Aba. I was in Aba when Kalu took power. and when Theo also took power.
      I can tell you that Kalu did work more than Theo. there was free Education, and other things. Road in Aba was fair. so stop this you are saying

    • This man is nothing but a corps.You are voicing and exposing your stupidity by calling ones mother names on a public forum.We expect you to make your point clear rather your comments are pointless and baseless and you knows nothing about politics and policies.Save yourself the shame by avoid writing on this forum again you block headed tabula rasa.

    • I hate joining issues with people like you, Gasky, but I’m left with no option than to urgently advise you to please stop with immediate effect any further insult to the man of the people, OUK if you really continue in this forum

  5. Gasky liar, it will b gud if u back ur coment with facts. D truth remains dat no Nig leader hs d gud of dis nation @ heart but sm ar far better dan others.I am nt 4rm abia state bt I hs many relation dia nd I do visit dem 4rm what I saw nd d report am getting, OUK is a saint 2 compare T.A orji. My prayer is dat one day God will gv dis great country cald Nig a gud nd sefless leader.

    • You are right. I was born and brought up in Aba. I was in Aba when Kalu took power. and when Theo also took power.
      I can tell you that Kalu did work more than Theo. there was free Education, and other things. Road in Aba was fair. so stop this you are saying

  6. Orji Uzor Kalu’s government was not better than that of T.A.Orji.His disagreement with T.A is as a result of the failure of the latter to honour their agreement of allowing OUK and his mother easy access to the state funds.
    I am not a fan of TA because he too is a big thief.Do you know that TA has virtually bought over all the buildings in Umuahia? I bet you he will go to jail after his tenure.
    OUK on the hand is planning to achieve his presidential ambition by returning to PDP.He believes he would be allowed to vie for an Igbo Presidecncy. He would certainly fail.

  7. The only achievement that is recordable& traceably to T A Orji was that he is the first governor in eastern igbo land to chase away all igbo citizens of other states working in abia state civil service,something that cannot happen in the north.He foolishly made us to understand that we cannot reside &work in each other’s state.With his nose as large as that of a cow he rebuffed calls by his fellow governors,oha-ne-eze and well meaning sons& daughter of ndigbo to rescind that ugly decision.May somebody like him never grow up in igboland again.

  8. I have always maintained that ouk is the most selfless patriot in Igbo land after ikemba .This man would have made fortunes if he was corrupt and selfish as some hirelings want us to believe,if he had supported obj,but all the businesses he built years before becoming governor,were serially killed by obj,yet he never yielded.A man that can dash pdp half a billion and another one million dollars to obj campaign one year before becoming governor,must be wealthy,no one has disputed that,and many other facts enunciated on this interview.people just display emotion,and accuse widely without facts.The puzzle is why are some people disturbed about his retun to pdp,and for people that do not post with facts,obj deregistered ouk,and forced him out of pdp.He was able to deliver the present governor,via PPA ,and the two states he won their governors left the party,and you want him to remain.I advise igbos to know that ouk remains one of the very few hope igbos has politically.

  9. unjoerated onwukeme on

    I have so many unanswered questions for you,
    As a governor you had about 3 deputy governors from 199 to 2003, why was it so?
    1 even died in a mysterious circumstance, if you were that good why were you changing deputies like cloth?
    in this interview you boasted of making Theordore Orji your political stooge governor even when he was incarcerated, was it supposed to be like that? That means you imposed the imbecilic governor on Abians thinking you can control him whenever you want but along the line you fell out with him, you re reaping what you sowed and now you re apologizing, your apologies came very late cuz Abians re suffering the pains cuz of your own selfish interest, now you re looking for relevance by all means.
    Even the sun news paper which you own is not an exception, all there reporters and columnist
    re all prasinging and laundering your name as the best thing that has happened to Abia State, Frank Nwosu and Funke Egbomode among others dedicated there columns last week to you and am yet to understand what this hullabaloo is all about!
    Till you tell us what you re up to, na sit down look we go dey do!
    praising you,

  10. OUK i forgot to tell u above that u should get 80% of the blame for the rot&rust in abia state today.How come that u cannot very well understand the character of ur chief of staff for 8 solid yrs? This is mis-application of ur popularity to enthrone a mediocre& non performer&now it is abians that are bearing the consequencies.

  11. Prince Adu / Tokyo. on

    Orji Kalu is a Scavenger and am so disappointed in what the Old Fool said that Orji Uzor Kalu for president of BIAFRA or NIGERIA….We can not forget what Kalu and the Mother did to Abians in their 8 years of looting the state to dry…Kalu was going and put his Boy T.A Orji Kalu that later out smarted him and thats the problem….Orji Kalu ought to have been thrown to LIONS in Tokyo or sent to Kenya where TIGER would had feast on him,but its there talking of ruling Biafra and not Nigeria…Igbo should talk of People like ROCHAS and not the Pen Rubber like Kalu and the Mother, in fact,those of us Abroad will not allow that happen to that State again…All the Kalus should go…..Even BORNO STATE with all the distructions by BOKO HARAM is better than ABIA STATE in 14 years of democracy…..FUCK Kalu,…….Please stop passing comments in his favor if you have not visited Abia State,My family is there till date while am Abroad and has lived there for over 15years before i travelled…Orji Kalu and the mother destroyed the State and now.Orji Kalu is just a trader and you can see his command of English as been too raw and on Diplomatic,thats the nature of a real Igbo Trader….He can never rule Nigeria but Biafran……I know him too well,please he should prosecuted……Igbo people are just traders,other wise Kalu ought to have been banished from Igbo land,,

    • Adu or what? U ar a basterd like ur mama ar into prostution in tokyo when she born u, may u never live to see igbo land again for cursing his ppl.

  12. No body is perfect But ouk may be better than some of us if we are in his position, bt he is not a saint, in igbo case let us forget our diferences and work together.

  13. HEAR THIS MR APOLOGY OR WHAT IS BEST TO CALL YOU ”IMPOSTOR” LEAVE T A ORJI ALONE THE GOOD LORD HAS CHOSEN HIM TO AMELIORATE THE EVIL YOU INDELIBLY PAINTED IN ABIA STATE.WE ARE PROUD OF HIM.SHAMELESS MAN LIKE YOU.HEAR THIS THE BIBLE SAID IN 1TIMOTHY 3:5 FOR IF A MAN KNOW NOT HOW TO RULE HIS OWN HOUSE,HOW CAN HE RULE ANY ORGANISATION OR GOVERN WELL.YOU RATHER APOLOGIZE FOR THE ABIANS THAN JUMPING THE GUNS.WE ARE PRAYING FOR TA ORJI,HOW I WISH THERE IS THIRD TERM,I WOULD HAVE COME DOWN FROM ITALY TO CAMPAIGN FOR HIM,T A THE GOOD LORD IS WITH YOU.CARRY GO.

  14. HEAR THIS MR APOLOGY OR WHAT IS BEST TO CALL YOU ”IMPOSTOR” LEAVE T A ORJI ALONE THE GOOD LORD HAS CHOSEN HIM TO AMELIORATE THE EVIL YOU INDELIBLY PAINTED IN ABIA STATE.WE ARE PROUD OF HIM.SHAMELESS MAN LIKE YOU.HEAR THIS THE BIBLE SAID IN 1TIMOTHY 3:5 FOR IF A MAN KNOW NOT HOW TO RULE HIS OWN HOUSE,HOW CAN HE RULE ANY ORGANISATION OR GOVERN WELL.YOU RATHER APOLOGIZE FOR THE ABIANS THAN JUMPING THE GUNS.WE ARE PRAYING FOR TA ORJI,HOW I WISH THERE IS THIRD TERM,I WOULD HAVE COME DOWN FROM ITALY TO CAMPAIGN FOR HIM,T A THE GOOD LORD IS WITH YOU.CARRY GO

  15. Prince Adu / Tokyo. on

    FAME….you have just spoken like a typical trader you are and thats what we are saying,,,,,A typical Igbo TRADER like you is not Diplomatic and does not have command of words….I Married an Igbo Woman with Lovely Kids,so you know what i mean by saying that….i love Igbo People but not Trader like you and Orji Kalu…..Fuck You.

    • My friend all those shopping malls in America and Europe,wall mart,Ross ,shop rite ,what do they do there,is it not buying and selling,or trading,There are so many graduates who trade,as a choice ,so do not denigrate trading as if that determines the character of a person.

    • We all agreed that he thinks like a trader but you reason like a thug.We can equally identify you by your name tokyo.

  16. Onye igbo from Qatar on

    Na una sabi, no love 4 nig Housa heth Igboes, Yerubas heth Igboes, Igboes heth themselves, Housas re most greedy people on earth! They want 2 rule 4ever, God pass everybody

  17. What I see in the life of Kalu is humility, which most Igbo political leaders do not posess. He has apologised enough to Abians, he should stop feeling guilty for installing T.A. Orji as gov of Abia, because his colleagues did it in 2007.
    It is very bad, but it has become Nigeria system. All we know is that Kalu performed as a gov in Abia, but his performance is was below the expectations of Abians.
    If we should keep sentiments aside,Kalu did some good and remarkable things in office.

  18. This idiot boy would never cease to amaze! I’ll give to him because he epitomizes braggadocio. It sickens me to the core at the garbage this opportunist spews at the slightest prodding. Isn’t it ironic that the “Pot is blaspheming the Kettle?” The Okija boy, T.A., worked with Orji Kalu. But Orji Kalu didn’t tell Abians [& the world] that, in fact, T.A. worked for Orji Kalu. He was your bag boy, who did all the dirty money laundering & stealing for you. You sacrificed him to the EFCC & paid him back by rigging him into Abia government house to cover up the underbellies of your 8yrs of profligacy. You rigged him into office [undeservedly], with the instrumentality of your mother’s evil Reality Structure, to continue your family’s locked-jaw strangle hold on the Abia purse strings. He even swore by the famed Okija palace shrines, where you are a palace red cap. But your boy suddenly woke up from the spell put on him & grew some cahones & a small amount of Ibeku brains to match. All of a sudden, the scales fell off his beclouded eyes & he appears to see clearly what he can do for himself and his family. Orji Kalu is now shocked to his thieving cold heart because all the mago mago he perpetrated with Abia resources and on Abians, T.A. is doing it even more & brazenly. This abracadabra you are preaching now will never fool Abians again. Fool us once, shame on you. But fool us twice, the shame will be on us!

  19. Prince Adu / Tokyo. on

    ORJI-KALU is a thief and we should condem him,the Mother REALITY ORGANIZATION organised Abians to her pocket and we should not allow them organize Nigerians to her Pot of Egusi again…She is very good at slapping Government Officials then…..I lived very close to one of their Numerous houses in ABA..She was collecting Rates at ARIARA INTERNATIONAL Market and too many Fake Pastors were praying Days and Nights disturbing our Sleeps,all these are still fresh in My Memory…..The Illiterate Mother like the Son was flying First Class on Abian pay Tax…..The younger Brother in the House of Representative can not even speak English and never campaign Election but just came from USA to be sworn in at National Assembly…We can not have such Criminals in Abia State and Nigeria,,,Kalu said he has been in Business for 30years and i call him Trader and not Politician because he has no Conscience……NGWA PEOPLE should stop fooling themselves too with stupid Chieftancy titles they give to these fools……KALU is a Criminal and God will judge him…….We friends of Abians Abroad will never allow the Thief again in that state….The worst BOKO HARAM State of Maidugiri is still better than Abia State just because of Kalu and the Mother Looting.

  20. I hate it when people are not objective here , rather tribal jingoist..adu or whatever u call ur self you destroy a beutiful writeup nay comment you make here with ethnic undertone , plz be respectful if you ever stay abroad really

  21. @ Prince Adu / Tokyo, may God curse the day you are born, why you are not out to contest for Abian gov, you are in Abroad doing yahoo yahoo and still have mouth to talk about trader, how can we com per a yahoo yahoo with trader you son of harlot even your wife harlot and your children also is a future harlot, you will never be alive to see that biafria land. may God hear my word to you

  22. Just he is now using this remaining tenure to enrich his account and his loyalist ever since last tenure is grabing the Abia allocatikns to settle Orji Uzor and his mother exellency, 2 rogues

  23. NDI-IGBO NO LONGER NEED NIGERIA PRESIDENCY. WHAT WE NEED IS BIAFRA. IN BIAFRA ALL THESE CRIMINAL POLITICAL CLASS WILL GO TO EXILE B/C MANY OF THEM ARE FIFTY COLUMNISTS. ON BIAFRA, WE STAND. VISIT RADIO BIAFRA LONDON. www radiobiafralondon.com.

  24. Orji Kalu can only deceive himself. Anybody that is conversant with Abia State and its politics will know that both he and TA Orji are the samething.TA Orji did understudy him very well.If he were in the shoes of TA Orji he would behave even worse.He has only rejoined PDP to further compound an already bad situation. Definitely Abians will have no peace as from now till 2015. The political atmosphere is already charged.

  25. Adu or what, u ar a bufoon. Dnt let me lay a course on you. Olodo like u. As 4 OUK, he is a 1st class rogue. May God visit both you n ur mother wit his wrath. And as 4 u dreaming 2 rule Nigeria, wake up cos such dreams dnt come to pass

  26. PLEASE, DONT MAKE THE MISTAKE OF VOTING FOR “JUST THE MAN”. ALSO CONSIDER THE PARTY.

    NOTHING GOOD CAN COME OUT OF PDP

    STAND UP AND FIGHT CORRUPTION, STAND UP AND VOTE OUT PDP

  27. @Adu, your inferiority complex is quite obvious in your write up. Those you deride as common traders are those that feed your poor folks here. Dont ever insult our great Aba traders. Many of them are educated are far better off you where you may be washing/dressing corpse for burial. From thesame tribe you want to talk about produce the finest brain in any field among black world. Imo and anambra alone produces 17% of jamb applicant in nig. Watch your mind and dont create that offensive deceitful statement about igbos been uneducated traders. Check Jamb statistics and see that the land of the traders are also the land presently having the highest university enrollment than any zone in nig. For you OUK, you are great man with a great flaws. You are like a royal king with the smell of excreta on your garment but was accusing his subject “who is smelling?” i think we should focuss our my on achieving the state of Africa. Without missing a word, the state of Biafra with all forseen challenges, is bound to be the glory of the whole black world. I am not talking about oil or mineral resources but igbo man as our greatest resources. Igbo man have the brains of the jews and that of the japanese, but as long as they are in bondage in their egyptian bondage called nigeria, it may be not fully be achieved. The technological achievement of the igbos under 3yrs of biafra world is still a mystery to the western world. BUT I WARN THE IGBOS, WITHOUT JESUS THEY ARE NÖT GOING ANY WHERE. The more we love and do the right in his sight we prosper, but the more we forsake him we fail to the enemies arround us. IGBOS ARE COVENANT RACE. Unlike many other tribes/race they may go free for awhile but because igbos are Sons/children they are chastised. LOVE JESUS. GREAT AND WISE MEN DO SEEK HIM. Be wise as a person and as a tribe. Turn from your evil today.

    • Emeka,May the God of Israel who is also the God of Igbos (Jews)bless your soul 4 saying the truth.One day as the almighty God delivered our fore fathers from the land of Egypt,he will surely deliver Igbos 4rm the land of Egypt called Nigeria.
      for Audu,my only regret is that she married an Igbo girl
      there by benefiting from the blessings and promises of God to his people Israel and Igbos.
      for OUK,Emeka have said it all.if you can read what Emeka have said and amend for better it will be yr new beginning and rise to yr greatness as an Igbo Jew.

  28. Kalu u better use d money u stoled for eight years in office to joing the moving train by supporting billie human right initiative and radio biafra london on their new effort to librate igbo from nigeria. Unless u do dat ,your appology will not be accept.

  29. everything is nothing and nothing is everything, he said his major source of money is NNPC, he told you a big secret to wealth, biomass can give you power to driver you cars and lorriesl,fuel (gas) to power your generators, methane gas called cooking gas for your cooking and hearting.fertilizer for your crops and feed for your fishes and snails. NNPC can not save us but BIOMASS can SAVE us

  30. save us with BIOMASS, save us with BIODIESEL, save us with MATHANE GAS stoping talking to us about wrong and right. Time is life and you have wasted a lot of life. WE ARE NOW IN AGE OF GAS NOT NNPC, is time of GAS. lead us to GAS becos thats what everybody can work with and life with

  31. NNPC WILL BE OVER, CENTRAL GOVERMENT WILL BE OVER, HUNGER WILL BE THING OF THE PAST,CORRUPTION WILL BE OVER, JUST WITH ONE THING AND WHAT IS THAT:::::::::::::::::::: BORN AGAIN OF WASTE, IF WE CAN SEE THE WEALTH IN WASTE AND CAN BORN THEM AGAIN INTO WEALTH. TURN WASTE TO WEALTH IS THE ONLY BORN AGAIN TO OUR HEAVEN NOT NNPC

  32. I WONDER HOW CAN ONE BE INSIDE WATER LIKE OCEAN PLUS RIVER BUT HE IS LOOKING FOR WASTER TO DRINK,WORST OF ALL HE LEFT THE OCEAN OF RIVERS IN SARCH OF WATER IN DESERT LIKE U,S,A. EUROPE, CHINA AND IDIAN WHERE WATER IS VERY FEW. NIGERIA ARE ALL OUTSIDE AND THEIR WOMEN ARE MOST SINGLE NO MEN TO MARRY

  33. I BELIEVE YOU CHIEF ORJI UZOR KALU.
    ITS ALL MISTAKE MAKING T. ORJI ABIA STATE GOVERNOR. T. ORJI IS KNOWN TO BE THE WORST GOVERNOR FROM THE SOUTH-EAST. ALL ALLOCATIONS FOR ABIA GOES UNDER THE BRIDGE. ABA IS IN SHAMBLE- NO ROAD, WATER, LIGHT. I MEAN THAT ALL INFRASTRUCTURES BUILT BY UZOR KALU ARE DEAD. OH! WHAT A SHAME ON T. ORJI.

  34. This goes out especially to Elijah, Vic Royal & Junior, you guys are bunch of idiots, untrained and uncivilized morons. How on earth do you expect everybody to share the same opinions? Even people of the same tribe disagree on this matter. I could tolerate some sarcasm but you going out of your ways to pronounce curse on someone who expressed himself. YOU ARE CURSED!!! Cursed is anyone that curses on this platform. Any curse you make, shall God allow the devil and his angels to release seven fold on the curse maker and their households and even their generations.
    If anybody has a point or counter-point let them express it, that is why this feedback platform is enabled for people to air their comments rather than descending so low to be cursing anyone that writes contrary..

  35. Can people learn their lessons from this man? The unfortunate thing is the fact that we tend to have little memory and thus history keeps repeating itself. The chances that imposition of candidates in coming election is evident is obvious.

    We are eminently demo’crazy’ in this part of the world. May God pay our ‘leaders’ according to their works.

  36. PERHAPS T.A ORJI DOES NOT KNOW THAT O.U ORJI IS A CIA AGENT AND I’M SURE O.U ORJI IS TRACKING THE STOLEN MONEY OF ABIA STATE BY T.A ORJI… MAYBE O .U ORJI MAYBE BE THE NEXT OJUKWU OF NDI-IGBO.. HE IS REALLY CAPABLE.

  37. THANK GOD THAT CHIEF ORJI UZOR KALU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT IT IS A MISTAKE INSTALLING T.A. ORJI AS ABIA STATE GOVERNOR. HE IS SIMPLY TELLING US THAT HE RIGGED THE ELECTION THAT BROUGHT A FELLOW THIEF TO POWER. I AM NOT A FAN OF T.A ORJI, YET I CANNOT IN GOOD CONSCIENCE SUPPORT YOU YOU FOR ANY POLITICAL POST EXCEPT THAT YOU CHIEF ORJI UZOR KALU WILL CHANGE FOR GOOD. YOU AND YOUR LIKES SHOULD HELP AND FIGHT FOR THE PEOPLES GOVERNOR AND NOT YOU PETS.

  38. Mr sampso ur a disgrace 4 making dis kind of comment bcause u dnt kn what we re suffering in abia state.and i guess TA is ur brother thats y ur talking rubish.Birds of same feather

  39. I put T.A.Orji there!!!this man should be tried because there was no election in abia state and this is contrary to the nigerian constitution.he has come back to pdp to get back his N500,000,000 where are we heading to?

  40. Mr ADU, who made u a judge over us? is there no more pressing issue in your boko haram neighbourhoodthen to hide under the cover of information and technology to vent your frustration on a man that is loved all over igboland? I am Nwankwo Stanley from Abia state. Students of the state owned university paid 15 thousand naira as fee under Kalu. But I am paying 120 thousand under T A Orji. Civil servants in the state are being owe 5 months salaries. The Portharcourt road Aba(not the express) is cut off, a read that is not longer than twenty feet! If any of u is in doubt call anybody and confirm these. Come to Azikiwe road, umuahia. T A Orji has bought d whole street and build what a mere mortal cannot decode. OUK is a peaceful man, else, T A is just a chick to him, as we all know. He has any international connections youcould imagined. As for stealing money, tthere was no money to steal. My advice to OUK is that we want Biafra!

  41. He’s correct. OUK and ATIKU sponsored PDP to the present status. OBJ was in prison by then, eating undone beans, and T A was busy playing pranks with office clerks, as a perm sect.

  42. Both OUK and his boy TA are all rogues but in terms of performance like infrastructure in Abia, it is,
    Ouk = 45%
    TA = – 70% (minus seventy %).
    In terms of sports,
    Ouk = 70% (because soccer was the only sports he concentrated in developing)
    TA = – 90%(minus ninety) (because he could not even maintain the stadium built by Ouk nor the team.)
    In terms of popularity,
    Ouk = 20%
    TA = 3%.
    TA failed totally because, he did not build any industry, no market, no road, no employment opportunities, BUT, he destroyed a lot of shops and displaced a lot of youths who were self employed, and removed Igbo indigenes from other states from employment in Abia..
    He is using the military on everyone including the students of Abia state polytechnic.
    Where do we start???
    Above all, he is a product of OUK. What a shame!!!! (???)

  43. His Excellency, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu coming back to PDP is what I call a “Home-run” for Abians. There some battles in life that one cannot win by fighting around the perimeter – checkmating TA’s excesses is one of such battle. The battle to cleanse Abia State PDP and by extension, Nigeria, must be fought from within PDP and not from outside.
    The fact that institutions in Nigeria such as EFCC, INEC, Police, and the Court system that are suppose to stabilize democracy in the country are weaken by the PDP corrupt government, thus a change in the approach to dealing with the problem. I strongly welcome OUK going back to PDP for the following reasons:
    1. Future elections in Abia State will not be influenced by the use of Military(Army) – like what happened in 2011.
    2. Abia State will quickly begin the rebuilding process and bring back good governance like the days of OUK
    3. An Igbo man will have a better shoot at the presidency by 2015.
    4. Economic activities will return to Aba again – Ariaria businessmen and women will breathe easy

    However, as a founding member of PDP party, he(OUK) has the fudiciary duty to step in and make his correction-quota contribution when the party ideals are off track.
    Politics in Nigeria is a game of Hardball where the power o incumbency is stretched to the peak.
    Finally, OUK will be a spectacular player in 2015 Central Politics and not a spectator.
    Like him or hate, His Excellency, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, is the political Oracle from Igbo extraction. I like what he is doing!

  44. If abia state is good and the governor is doing good as many praise singers shouts in our medias, may them see such in their lives,families and generations in Jesus name. okwu agula, onye obula ga laba. nwannem ouk, ibu TIM – TIM.

  45. Icheoku have said it before and would say it again, Orji Uzor Kalu has what it takes to represent Igbo people within the Nigeria equation. In the battle of witts, he is a force; he is a no pushover, he is courageous and he can brawl. He also has the reach and contacts more than any other Igbo person presently living both within Nigeria other tribes and outside Nigeria. He also has name recognition. Therefore Icheoku says let Igbo people wise up and support his current effort as he is the only Igbo man other Nigerian heavy weights defer to both in the North and in the Southwest. When judging people, check their antecedents. Here is a man who took on Obasanjo and survived him winning two states with a new party despite all OBJ’s army. But what can I tell you except that Igbos have a way of always shortchanging themselves and allowing men without balls be “selected” by other Nigerians with some connivance within to represent them. Pius Ayim is Igbo, Ekweremadu is Igbo and the deputy speaker is Igbo yet River Niger bridge has not been built? All roads in the Southeast are dilapidated? Security agents are showing MASSOB pepper while other regional militias are getting amnesty and billion dollar contracts? The Immigration woman was sacked for no reason? Barth Nnaji was sacked because he was in the way of retired army generals who wanted to corner all the juicy power contratcs etc yet these Igbo representatives at the center have kept mum? It is simply sad that any Igbo person is standing in opposition to the campaign of Uzor Kalu to go fight for them at the center; especially the ingrate he installed governor while he was in prison. That man is simply stated, very pathetic.

  46. wisdom ndubuisi on

    KALU,ALWAYS A BOLD AND COUREGEOUS MAN. I KNOW YOU WIL MAKE THE IGBO NATION PROUD SOON,RIDE ON SIR.DNT MIND THOSD GOOD FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE AGAINST U

  47. Pls let OUK,tell the whole world the venue ,date,place,time&time he meet Bush Jnr concerning OBJ’s 3rd term agenda.Let OUK tell the Igbo nation if he ever had about the Biafra &Nigeria War,pls don’t cal it civil war.the role played by OBJ &OUK’s reason 4 supp orting OBJ against Ekwueme in 1999and his advice to Atiku to support OBJ against Ekwueme in2003.let him say 4rm his heart of heart if he support Biafra?let him confirm if he will not go to court if int’l auditors are to audit Abia 1999-2007,he presided.did he allow free and fair election in 2003&2007? till he answer this few ???? i wonder how many well informed Igbos that can take him serious and believe him if he can’t answer this few ????.

    • Favour 30, you definitely need to juice up your facts. Your comments are so dry and inconsistent with the chapter of TODAY; the chapter of NOW.
      I am feeling a little giddy as I read through your lines.
      Where is the beef?
      We are talking about Nigeria today, Nigeria now, and not Biafra. Please stay with the current trend and archive the ancient.

  48. Its so funny how u people talk about these two non-entities OUK and TA Orji as if they are the only open options Abia has, Tufiakwa! Both men should go get lost in Jupiter for all Abians care. This 2015 all that has to do with both OUK and TA will be laid to rest even while they both rest in peace!

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