The state government said it is repairing the rot Orji Kalu left in Abia.
The Governor of Abia State, Theodore Orji, has lambasted his predecessor in office, Orji Kalu, over a publication in the Daily Sun Newspaper alleging that top government officials in Abia have been placed on a ‘curse’ by members of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB.
The governor, who addressed a press conference through his Chief of Staff, Cosmas Ndukwe, in his office on Monday said “the attention of the State Government has been drawn to a report credited to one Okey Sampson of SUN NEWSPAPER on a purported curse by MASSOB placed on the State Government officials.”
According to Mr. Ndukwe “without any intention of joining issues with the owner of SUN who is Abia’s greatest mistake; it is important to remind him that we have too much on our hands to attend to owing to the rot he supervised for the eight years he was in office as Governor of Abia State”.
A report in the Sun newspaper of Monday, had stated that “reacting to a live TV programme, where former Abia State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Eze Chikamnanyo, stated that most roads in Aba, including Ngwa, had been rehabilitated by the state government, MASSOB said the statement was ridiculous and untrue.
“Speaking through its Director of Information, Aba region, Mr. Sunny Okereafor, MASSOB said that based on the former commissioner’s claim, his organization had assessed the roads and found out that it was false and deceitful, adding that the residents are living in squalor.
“MASSOB described as baffling, the rate at which government officials allegedly dish out lies, especially on the state of roads in the city, which it said were in terrible condition”.
In its response, the state government, while disparaging Mr. Kalu said “maybe he does not know, statements made by individuals ought not to be credited to the State Government as the State has not issued any official statement regarding Aba; rather we are busy remedying the disaster caused by the same person who was here for 8 years.
“If the best he could do is to offer his platform for the cursing of Abia State Government, we will therefore say without mincing words that the man who saved Aba from massive flooding and opened up to their roads in the last one year has no business with the curse”.
It added that “the curse should be gladly welcomed by a former Governor who cannot point to one good road in Aba now as his parting gift to Aba people”.
Be concerned with your problems
The Abia State Government said the former governor should be concerned more with his inability to run his business successfully, where ‘the real news is’.
“SUN NEWSPAPERS have not paid their staff for four months. That is newsworthy,” it said, adding that ” In the history of Abia, we have had a Governor who did eight years and built Abia on the pages of newspaper, who lived in a rented Government House and had civil servants operate from make shift blocks. That is newsworthy”.
“We are used to the antics of a man in dire need of attention and support. We do not intend to dress him in such borrowed robes. No amount of subterfuge, blackmail or artifice from this propaganda paper and their confusionist owner would deter us from cleaning the heap of rot in Abia State. Aba in particular is still work in progress,” they said.
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