Political fireworks, attacks and counter attacks broke out this weekend between the camp of former governor of Abia State and Chief Whip of the Senate, Sen Orji Uzor Kalu and the camp of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia State over the hosting of the Igbo leaders last week to discuss the election of Nigerian President of South East extraction in 2023.
At the meeting held at the Camp Neya, Igbere, Bende LGA of Abia State, Kalu’s country home, about 2,000 PDP members allegedly decamped to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Kalu’s party.
But in a swift reaction, the Publicity Secretary of PDP in the state, Chief Fabiam Nwankwo calls it “hogwash”, asking rhetorically, “how a residence of Kalu that cannot contain about 50 persons could suddenly accommodate 2,000 persons?” “Ignore the claim”, he counseled.
However, Senator Orji Uzor kalu, through his Media Adviser (South East), Mr Maduka Okoro, said Nwankwo “goofed” because of some little portage from his master’s table.
“I Maduka Okoro hereby challenged Fabian Nwankwo to a live discussion in your BCA (Broadcasting Corporation of Abia State) or any other broadcasting outfit so that the people of Abia State will know the truth and nothing but the truth”, Okoro further challenged.
Details of the two statements are hereunder published. However, for the sake of professionalism and decency, some paragraphs were edited.
The PDP’s statement reads…
Ignore Orji Uzor Kalu’s Defection Charade – Abia PDP…
“The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Abia State, has lampooned Senator Orji Uzor Kalu and urged him to “stop misleading the public with fake defections orchestrated to massage his dwindled ego before the Presidency and his Party at the national level”.
“The Publicity Secretary of PDP in Abia State, Chief Fabian Nwankwo, in a statement made available to newsmen on Friday described the “Senate Chief Whip’s penchant for receiving well known APC members in his private residence in Igbere, Abia State, that cannot contain more than 50 people at a time, only to use a willing section of the media to make some outlandish claims of ‘thousands of PDP members’ defecting to APC as not only deceitful, mischievous and evil but an attitude which Abians have always known and associated the Senator with”.
“We challenge Orji Uzor Kalu to make available pictures of the ‘thousands’ of PDP members he purported to have defected to APC in his residence because the pictures being circulated in Abia by his cronies do not make up to twenty people despite the fact that the faces in the pictures are also well known APC members.
“While we will not engage Senator Orji Uzor Kalu in his game of deceit and playing up fraudulent numbers, we urge the Presidency not to allow itself to be hoodwinked by the Senator who is so desperate to please it by hook or crook just to shore up his already battered image”.
The Abia PDP spokesperson therefore called on “Abians to ignore the current charade of Senator Orji Uzor Kalu and his cohorts and continue to support Governor Okezie Ikpeazu and PDP in their giant strides in the overall development of Abia. After all, our people are wiser today and will demand evidence of democracy dividends in Abia and elsewhere before joining any political party!
“Let us remind these merchants of fake defections that politics need not be about self and family alone. Ndi Abia will never forget that it was the PDP that gave Ndi Igbo Senate President several times, its first ever Chief of Army Staff who happens to be from Abia, its first ever Inspector General of Police, Minister of Finance, CBN Governor, Deputy Senate President, etc. It was also the PDP that changed the status of Enugu Airport to an international one, the first and only international airport in the entire South East.
“But it is obvious that the APC is yet to trust us enough for any serious position not even the Head of Peace Corps. Abians in their wisdom cannot be deceived into abandoning the PDP especially at a time the Party is gaining more grounds than ever due to the sterling performance of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu”, he said.
“The PDP also warned its members who allow themselves to be used for deceitful photo opportunities by desperate opposition elements to desist from such acts or risk appropriate
Orji Uzor kalu’s reaction…
Fabian Nwankwo and Abiding Nemesis…
“The fact is and indisputably so that Fabian Nwankwo a benefactor of Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu (As former Executive/ Action Governor of Abia State) should have the guts to write such gibberish is not unexpected.
“Fabian Nwankwo first of all is not conversant with ethos of journalism, albeit Mass Communication. This is a man … no wonder he’s now goofing. This is a man that was begging folks to take him to NEYA CAMP to meet the great IROKO.
“This is a man… This is a man …Who is Fabian Nwankwo? A man that’s always afraid to mingle with his Constituents not to speak of the general public. An ingrate and …that cannot come close to the Distinguished Senator (Chief Whip of Nigeria’s Senate) who has done so much for the people of UMUNNEOCHI WHERE FABIAN NWANKWO IS… FROM.
“Senator Orji Uzor Kalu does not need folks like FABIAN OR LAVIAN to appreciate his Selfless Service to Humanity. That people who have woken up to realise that with ORJI “UZOR KALU there is HOPE, hence dumping the association of …! Whether 2 individuals or thousands that dumped FABIAN NWANKWO AND PDP to join the ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS PARTY and the charismatic Senator Orji Uzor Kalu is immaterial; what matters most is that THEY have embraced HOPE AND THE KEY TO THE FUTURE!!
“FABIAN NWANKWO that you can’t speak…is not ORJI UZOR KALU’S FAULT. “The fault is not in the us but in ourselves that we’re underlings” What pedigree can you ever stand on to CHALLENGE ORJI UZOR KALU. I, Maduka Okoro hereby challenge Fabian Nwankwo to a live discussion on your BCA or any broadcasting outfit so that the people of Abia State will know the truth and nothing but the truth.
“FABIAN NWANKWO, I wonder how your face will look like when MORE IMPORTANT individuals in your PDP will join APC nay come to CAMP NEYA RETREAT in Igbere Ancient Kingdom, the centre of the “IGBO 2023 DECLARATION”. Asta la vista Amigo!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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.