Senator Kalu takes Abaribe, Ikpeazu to cleaners [speech]
The former Governor of Abia State and the Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu lambasted Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe and the incumbent Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, following their recent attacks on him.
Earlier, last week, Senator rebuked the state government for laying claims to World Bank/NEMAP, NNDC and the All Progressives Congress (APC) Federal Government projects as state government projects.
Speaking to a large audience gathered in Igwebuike Hall, Aba, Kalu had said:
“The Federal Government of Nigeria is responsible for the N27 billion Ngwa Road and not the state government.
“A government that is owing over 23 months to Abia Polytechnic, 22 months to Abia Teaching hospital, 18 months to Health Management Board, 27 months to Technical School in Arochukwu, amounting over N29 billion as arrears of salaries, excluding pension, cannot embark on a N27 billion road job.
“You cannot give what you don’t have.”
The comment which did not go down well with the Governor and Senator attracted a backlash from both Ikpeazu and Abaribe.
Speaking earlier in the week at Aba North during a campaign for Mascot Uzor Kalu, the APC candidate for the upcoming March 27 Aba North/South Federal Constituency by-election, Kalu lampooned Ikpeazu and Abaribe further:
“My conspirators thought I would be president in 2023 so they decided to cut my journey short at all cost.
“Abaribe continued to supply petitions. But you see, these people are not God.
“They think I am ashamed to have gone to prison.
“I am not and I don’t blame them because they don’t know my relationship with God.
“They are little minds and wicked people who have refused to do any project for their own people.
“They have kept a centre table for you and called it bridge.
“You can’t even pay common salaries and you are here swearing: ‘True to God, na me build this road.’
“The only road the state is constructing is the 600 meters road in Eziukwu, which they have been building in the last six years. That’s one year, 100 meters.
“Compare my village and these people’s village and you will see how shameless they are.
“If you can’t build your own village, is it my own you will build?
“This is 10pm and I am here with you. Can the Governor or Abaribe come here?
“That is why in leadership you have to be with the people you are leading. But they don’t understand this simple technique.
“All the projects they claim to be doing are all on radio. Nothing on ground!
“Joseph went to Prison. Even (former President Olusegun) Obasanjo went to prison.
“My going to prison is part of my life script and I am thankful God allowed it.”
“The senator representing you in the Senate, Enyinnaya Abaribe has been in the Senate for 16 years and has done no single project in Abia South.
“He is busy speaking English as if English is what you need.
“You need infrastructure, you need good roads, you need schools and hospitals.
“Go to Abia North, just a year in the Senate, I have given them 19 roads, renovated schools, built hospitals with a lot of empowerment.
“Abaribe is so shameless.”