“My party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has no candidate in the oncoming bye-election for Aba federal constituency. The matter on who’ll represent the party in Saturday’s election is in court, therefore the people of Aba North/Aba South federal constituency should vote for any credible person that has a stake in Aba”, the Executive Secretary, National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) and APC chieftain in Abia State, Prince Paul Ikonne declared on Thursday.
According to him, Orji Kalu, former governor of the Abia State is taking the people of Aba for a ride, adding “our mumu done do”.
The person parading himself as APC candidate, Mascot Uzor Kalu, he opined, is Orji Kalu’s younger brother and wondered why another Kalu will represent Aba North/Aba South people when Nnanna Uzor Kalu, the immediate younger brother to Orji represented the federal constituency from 2003 to 2011 without any thing to show for it.
“Aba belongs to all: it’s a municipal home for all; we have people from Imo, Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi, Benue, core North, South West, South South etc, why must it be Orji Kalu’s younger brothers all the time that would represent us again?”, asked Ikonne who hails from Aba North LGA.
His word, “We don’t want to have another Mamacracy or Brothercracy but Abacracy, adding after eight solid years as governor, Orji Kalu cannot point at any legacy in Aba standing.
He joined us in APC when his party, the Progressives Peoples Alliance (PPA) crumbled and he wants to also kill APC like he did to PPA. He’s trying to bring the spirit of PPA to APC which we’re going to resist”, he warned.
NALDA boss therefore urged the electorates in Aba North/Aba South federal constituency to vote for a credible candidate in this Saturday’s bye-election irrespective of party he belongs.
Ikonne who fielded questions from newsmen in Aba on Thursday, predicted that the APC may lose the Saturday March 27, 2021 bye-election because a court ruling has barred its candidate from participating in the poll due to none conduct of the primary.
“I want to say it clearly that my party, the APC has no candidate in the bye-election. Yes, I’m of APC, but we can’t shy away from defending where we belong. We belong to Ward, Local Government Area and Constituency and in this instance; I belong to Aba Federal Constituency.
“Let’s be realistic, who is the candidate of our party in Aba North/Aba South federal constituency? Does the party belong to an individual? The person parading himself as the candidate of the party, Mascot Uzor Kalu is he not the younger brother of Orji Uzor Kalu, former governor of the Abia? Does that seat belong to him and members of his family?
“Why won’t any of other ethnic group represent Aba federal constituency except members of one family who has lorded it over the people over the years”? He asked rhetorically.
Paul Ikonne described the former governor whose younger brother is the candidate of the party in the bye-election as a man that has no respect for the people of Aba, saying that as his immediate brother, Nnanna Uzor Kalu had represented the constituency at the National Assembly between 2003 to 2011, he (Kalu) should have given another person chance to represent the constituency.
He revealed that the APC chieftain that dragged Mascot Uzor Kalu to court over the primary reportedly held on March 6, 2021 did so because he was cheated out of the primary.
He paid glowing tribute on the late Hon Ossy Prestige, who represented the constituency from 2015 until he died on February 6, 2021 in a German hospital during a brief illness.
Uche Nwosu is a two time Shell Petroleum PLC award winner in the year 2000;
He won the Shell Award on Investigative Journalism and Environmental Cleanliness.