Orji Uzor Kalu, former Governor of Abia State and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has taken a swipe at the former President Olusegun Obasanjo, over the latter’s continued attack on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
He claimed that the former President brought corruption in the country, which then impeded the economic growth of Nigeria.
Kalu, who made this known in his speech during the APC presidential rally held in Aba, Abia State, on Tuesday, also berated Obasanjo for trying to truncate the nation’s democracy with his third term agenda.
According to him, “I saw a man, called Olusegun Obasanjo attacking Mr. President. Obasanjo was a President who brought corruption in Nigeria.
“Obasanjo is a man, who told everybody that he never wanted third term, but, he wanted third term. My problem with him was his third term agenda, my problem with him was that he (Obasanjo) called me and former Speaker, Ghali Umar N’Abba that we should change the electoral bill.
“I signalled N’Abba in his room and I said, N’Abba, we cannot do this. Obasanjo turned himself to be a dictator. How can you compare Obasanjo and Buhari together. Is there any comparison? No. Mr. President had no comparison.
“Buhari want the judiciary to be truly independent. The judges in Abia have told me that they are in the process of receiving their salaries directly from the federal government.
“You have seen our roads, since I left as Abia governor, look at our roads, we have never had any new road. When they go to Abuja, they will tell Mr. President all kinds of lies, that Abia is not APC.
“February 16 presidential election is around the corner. The popularity of the party (APC) will be tested in this soil (Abia). Abians are ready. We are going to give him 70 per cent votes from this Abia State, to the glory of God”.
Kalu, however, canvassed total support for the APC gubernatorial candidate in Abia, Uchechukwu Ogah, in the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
He said, “Uche Ogah had been tried and tested. He is coming from the private sector the way I came. I have confidence that he will deliver dividends of democracy to the Abia people if elected as governor”.
Bayelsa: Keyamo Hails Supreme Court Verdict, Blames APC For Lyon’s Loss
Festus Keyamo, the minister of state for labour and employment, has blamed the All Progressives Congress (APC) for losing to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa state.
Recall that the Supreme Court on Thursday sacked David Lyon and Sen. Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, as the governor and deputy elect in the Nov. 16, 2019 governorship election in the state.
Keyamo who made this known on Thursday, February 14, while reacting to the apex court judgment on the election in the state, commended the court for being firm and resolute.
“The S/Court has been firm & resolute so far regarding pre-election cases & Election Petitions. I commend their lordship.
“As a party, we have to look at our own internal mechanisms that make us give our victories needlessly away to the opposition & take appropriate actions,” Keyamo wrote on Twitter.
Bayelsa: Buhari’s Aide, Lauretta Onochie Blames APC, Reveals Secret About Lyon’s Loss
President Muhammadu Buhari’s special assistant on social media, Lauretta Onochie, on Friday, February 14, revealed secrets behind the Supreme Court’s judgement that sacked the former governor-elect of the Bayelsa state, David Lyon.
Onochie in a statement posted on her Facebook page said the screening organ of the ruling All Progressives Congressive (APC) should be blamed for the loss the party suffered in Bayelsa state.
She made this known in a statement titled, ‘Beauty from ashes’, that it is not the time to flex muscle, adding that the party leadership should reflect on how its screening organ failed Lyon and the people of the state.
The statement read: “This is not the Time to flex muscles. It’s time to reflect on how the APC screening organ, failed David Lyon and the people of Bayelsa.”
“It was heart-wrenching to see the photos of David Lyon rehearsing for a day that will not be. How is he, his family and his supporters ever going to get over this? APC Failed him.
“It’s indefensible. No excuse Can cover this one. We can’t be sentimental like PDP. We can’t stand on PDP antecedents.
“We can’t be unfair like PDP. We can’t be irresponsible like PDP. We can’t make excuses like PDP. We can’t be Tacky like PDP. We can’t be Lawless like PDP.
“For those who are still arguing blindly or postulating, read on: Law versus sentiments: Pocket lawyers like me: Total vote cast: EKEREMO: 41429 APC- 21489 or 51.9%, PDP- 18344 or 44.3% “What the Supreme Court ruled: EKEREMO: Total vote cast: 19934, PDP- 18344 or 92%, APC- 0%.
“Work it out for the other seven local government areas. Justice is not about how many states a political party has, it’s about what the law says.
“We must begin, as agents of change, to imbibe the culture of legality, consulting our laws in all we do and have absolute respect for our judiciary, especially the Supreme Court.”
BREAKING: Douye Diri Sworn In As Bayelsa Governor
The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the November 2019 governorship, Douye Diri, has been sworn in as the Governor of Bayelsa State.
Former president Good Jonathan has congratulated the governor.
“I congratulate His Excellency, Senator Douye Diri who was sworn in today as the 5th Civilian Governor of Bayelsa State, in compliance with the Supreme court verdict of yesterday, 13th February 2020.”
CONGRATULATORY MESSAGE TO HIS EXCELLENCY SENATOR DOUYE DIRI
I congratulate His Excellency, Senator Douye Diri who was sworn in today as the 5th Civilian Governor of Bayelsa State, in compliance with the Supreme court verdict of yesterday, 13th February 2020. pic.twitter.com/jlrUUd14oq
— Goodluck E. Jonathan (@GEJonathan) February 14, 2020