A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the governorship candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in 2011, Prince Paul Ikonne, has revealed that the former governor of Abia state, Orji Uzor Kalu has been romancing with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to obtain favor for his brothers.
Ikonne recalled the concerns he raised when Chief Kalu defected to the APC, saying everything predicted about him are now coming to fulfillment.
Addressing a press conference in Abuja on Friday, Prince Ikonne said by now the former governor ought to know that he had lost ground in the politics of Abia State, adding that Orji Kalu should never repeat what he allegedly did as governor of the state which “gave him bad image and put Abia State backward”, he said.
“Abia APC is getting bigger, people will come to join the party, remember, when some people said they have come join the party, I raised serious concern because of the antecedent of such individual especially the former governor of Abia state chief Orji Uzor Kalu. The things I predicted have started playing out and we will not take it.
“It has come to our notice that he is plotting and hobnobbing with Dr Ikpeazu the governor of Abia state in the deed to fetch his brother, who is a PDP person to run with the governor as his running mate in 2019 while another of his brothers will run for the Federal House in Aba Federal constituency; this is total evil plan against Abia state.
“It is devilish and an act I know Abia will resist. This action is capable of tearing the APC apart. Right now, we are building our party because APC is getting stronger in the state, more people are joining the party; more sincere and focus people are joining the party. So, for Chief Orji Uzor Kalu to have started this again is too bad and I condemned it in all totality.
“Kalu cannot be in APC and at the same time hobnobbing with the sitting governor in bid for his brother to run as the deputy governor to the sitting governor in 2019. My question is, under what platform is the arrangement going to take place as the governor has not yet joined APC; is he one leg in APC and the other one in PDP?
“These are questions that are begging for answers and I know Abia state can’t take this kind of thing again. I think he should concentrate all his effort in the Abia State North Zone and try and win his Senatorial sit instead of trying to plant his brothers to run as a Federal House member from Abia constituency and one to run as a deputy governor with the serving governor.
“You cannot impose any candidate in Abia APC, you should know this kind of idea cannot fly because it is an evil plan against Abians which by the grace of God will not work out. So, I use this opportunity once again to call on Chief Orji Uzor Kalu to desist from act that are capable of tearing the APC apart and also capable of scaring the people from joining the party and also make APC to lose election in the fourth coming election in 2019.
“The party is getting stronger and positioning its self to win the forth coming general elections and those attitudes are capable of distracting and scaring well meaning Nigerian’s even the electorate; they will think Orjism is back again in Abia state and APC is not the right platform”.
While congratulating Nigerians for their patient with APC led administration in the country, Prince Ikonne assured that the present government will deliver all the promises made to Nigerians.