Uzor Kalu says Abia governor out to frustrate PDP reconciliation effort.
Controversial politician and former Abia State Governor, Orji Uzor Kalu, has accused his successor, Theodore Orji, of plotting with some of his close aides to blackmail him and smear his political career.
Kalu said in a statement on Saturday by his Special Adviser, Oyekunle Oyewunmi, that he has uncovered plots by Orji and his aides print and circulate presidential campaign posters for 2015 in his name to deceive the people about his political ambitions.
While dissociating himself from such posters, Oyewunmi said any poster proclaiming Uzor Kalu’s declaration for the presidency in 2015 remains the handiwork of his political enemies, who have become more desperate in the last few weeks.
He accused the governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Charles Ogbonna of being the unseen hand behind the clandestine move to blackmail the former governor.
According to him, already the group has perfected plans to roll out the fake posters throughout the states in the Southeastern part of the country, to create confusion in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, with the main aim of putting a clog in the wheel of the ongoing reconciliation efforts of the leadership of the party.
Mr. Ogbonna did not answers phone calls, neither did he respond to text messages seeking his reaction to Orji Uzor Kalu’s claims.
Kalu’s spokesman who denied his boss was nursing any political ambition or seeking any political office “for now,” said he does not need anybody to sponsor the printing and circulating posters on his behave.
He said since Orji could not stop his re-admission into the PDP from the Peoples Progressive Alliance, PPA, he had adopted deceitful antics and actions to cause confusion between Uzor Kalu and the leadership of the party.
While advising the governor to face reality and stop chasing shadows, Mr Oyewunmi said Kalu’s decision to rejoin PDP was to add value to the party and strengthen its capacity to win elections in Abia State and the entire South East in particular and Nigeria at large.
He re-assured the leadership of PDP, party stalwarts, political supporters, associates and friends that no amount of blackmail would distract him from contributing positively to the progress of the PDP at all levels.
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