Abia Govt Threatens to Sue Orji Kalu over Comments

Abia State government, has threatened to drag the immediate past governor of the state, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, to court over an alleged “treasonable and careless” statement by him.

Addressing newsmen in Umuahia, on Tuesday, the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Dr. ACB Agbazuere, said the former governor had threatened in a national newspaper (not Daily Times) that “Our people will burn down the state. We are ready for them”.

“This connotes that Orji Uzor Kalu has concluded plans to wage war on Abia State”, he said.

Agbazuere reminded Kalu that nobody is above the law and should note that even former President had been sent to prison on account of treason, stating “Orji Uzor Kalu is working himself to prison”.

He cautioned Kalu over “reckless and unpatriotic” statement, pointing out that the governor in his days never wished anyone to distract him, urging him to “throw away his pride and appologise to the state within 72 hours or “be prepared to assemble his lawyers”.

Kalu, he said, is trying to become “another Obasanjo of Abia State”.

Agbazuere warned that Abia State governor, Theodore Orji’s humility, should not be taken for granted, cautioning also the former secretary of Association of All Local Government of Nigeria, Abia state chapter and now, the governorship candidate of the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA), Chikwe Udensi, against making unguarded and reckless statements on the state or person of the governor, warning that government will not tolerate further hounding of the state government from any quarter.

It would be recalled that a national newspaper had among other things, quoted Orji Uzor Kalu, as saying, “It will not! Our people will burn down the state. We are ready for them, we are not going to take it from anybody. The governor cannot try it. If he tries it, it would be the end of his administration because I have left him for too long and this is the last opportunity I am giving him. I kept quiet because of President Jonathan, because I don’t want crisis for him. The governor is very incompetent, he is unreasonable and he is a liar”.

Orji Uzor Kalu, was invariably reacting to the use of the army and Amoured Personnel Carriers, in the 2011 elections.

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