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Why APC Will Get A Second Term – Orji Uzor Kalu |The Republican News

By Wale Elegbede and Temitope Ogunbanke reports

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The former governor of Abia State and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, believes that the ruling party has so far done well and would be re-elected in the 2019 general elections. In this interview monitored on Channels Television, he also spoke on the planned probe of the power sector and other issues. Wale Elegbede and Temitope Ogunbanke reports

 

You recently met with President Muhammadu Buhari to discuss the state of your party. What exactly is the state of the All Progressives Congress (APC)?

The APC is in a very good state. The party is doing well. In every democratic process, there must be agreement and disagreement. I am sure Nigerians are watching. The APC is only three years old. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was in power for 16 years. I don’t see anything that is happening in the APC that does not happen in civilised democracies. Since all of us are not from the same father and mother, we are bound to disagree to agree. But, we are on course, there is no problem.

You are likely to be the only one that thinks the APC is doing well. There were parallel congresses in many states and members of the National Assembly and the state governors are in disagreement. Also, members of the nPDP are currently threatening to leave APC. Are you saying that all is well with all these?
I think there will be a lot of dialogue because, in a democracy, people must dialogue to agree and disagree. That is why we are in a democracy. If you are in a democracy and there are no challenges, you would not move forward. I was a member of the PDP. I know what we went through. There were disagreements here and there. In a democracy, no one man or woman can say, ‘I am totally right.’

When such disagreements happened in the PDP, there were breakaways and some people joined other parties. Do you see an implosion in the APC?

I read about that in the papers, but I don’t think anybody is going to leave the APC because of any problem. There will always be problems anywhere there are different people. Even the Democratic Party and Republican Party in the United States have problems. But their members always come together and settle. That is part of what our party’s hierarchy is talking about today because it is right to settle the problem in order to have adjustments in our party.

You were governor for eight years during the time of former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Do you think it is fair now to probe what was done during that administration regarding funding of electricity?

It is not only electricity that should be probed. There are many things that should be probed in terms of what people in government did. There were many things that government did. Import licenses were issued to people that didn’t deserve them and a lot of money was given to different businessmen, which was not accounted for by that government.

Do you think it would be easy for the Buhari government to probe Obasanjo’s administration?

If anybody is probing, he should know that other people will probe him. If Obasanjo’s government deserves to be probed, then it should be probed. I don’t see anything wrong in probing any government when money is involved. The money does not belong to Buhari; it belongs to the Nigerian people.

Critics say the anti-corruption crusade of this administration is simply a witch-hunt and that when some people like you cross over to the APC, they are no longer ‘sinners,’ they become ‘saints’ overnight. How correct is that assumption?

I’ve never been one; I went to Abia and served my people with all sincerity of purpose. Even in the PDP, when Obasanjo ran for president, I gave them the first N500 million in 1998 and I also gave him N500 million to stand as a candidate. Some people came into office with N20,000 and today they are billionaires and have all kinds of mansions. It is not acceptable. Some of the probes may look like witch-hunt but some are not. The government that left power a few years back is a PDP government. They cannot come and probe me as a private businessman. It is the class of people leaving office at a particular time that will be able to answer questions about governance and things that have to do with governance at the time.

Do you think there was corruption in the power sector during the Obasanjo administration?

There was huge corruption, not only under the Obasanjo administration. I remember I wrote him a letter when he said all the governors were corrupt. I wrote him a letter and said ‘I am an exception.’ I can re-publish that letter, which was carried in the national newspapers at the time. Nigerians remember how our national assets were sold, they were not properly done; they were ‘dashed’ out to people loyal to Obasanjo.

What exactly is the problem with electricity in Nigeria, is it an impossible task to attain stable power?

It is not an impossible task. You will remember that when Obasanjo was there, we had only about 3,000 megawatts, but today, we have gone up to 7,000 megawatts and nobody is talking about that. It is unfortunate that we are still talking about electricity; electricity should be a thing of the past. South Africa generates approximately 58,000 megawatts. At 7,000 megawatts, which is far above what Obasanjo generated, we are still far behind.

The Nigerian Coalition Movement (NCM) formed by former President Obasanjo has fused into a political party, African Democratic Congress (ADC). Are you not worried that they could take power from APC?

No, I’m not afraid because Obasanjo always serves himself and not the people. Nigerians don’t know this; Obasanjo is only thinking about himself and not the masses of Nigeria. I know him better than most Nigerians. He knows I know him. Anything Obasanjo is not good for Nigeria. I saw a clip where my friend and in-law, Femi Fani-Kayode, was talking about former President Umaru Yar’Adua and the electricity projects of Obasanjo. Those are not true; Fani-Kayode is not a student of history, because I know for a fact that $16 billion was earmarked for electricity by Obasanjo. There was no project done with that money; the money was shared among people loyal to Obasanjo.

Are you confident that Nigerians will not vote out APC in 2019?

The answer is total no! I say so because the party has done well. Mind you, APC came to power only three years ago, when there was a major drop in the price of crude oil and when the party leaving power, looted the treasury. Even foreign countries knew that the treasury was looted. There was no money to start the government and nobody has asked questions as to what happened.

Does the APC deserve to be returned in 2019?

Absolutely! APC has done well. Look at the security issues; when Boko Haram was bombing churches, I told people that they would extend it to the mosques. If not for the way Buhari confronted Boko Haram and provided weapons for the military, Nigeria would have long ceased to exist.

The PDP is getting itself together once again. Do you think the party can return to power in 2019?

PDP cannot return to power in 2019. It is going to be very difficult. The PDP has not shown the right reason it should return to power because going back to power means returning to power to open our treasury for them to continue the looting.                      (New Telegraph)

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2019 Election: Orji Kalu Advocates Support For Muhammadu Buhari |RN

 

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Former Abia State governor, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu has asked traditional rulers in the country to support the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019, in view of his various political reforms.

Dr Kalu made the call during his visit to the palace of the Soun of Ogbomosoland, Oba  Oladunni Oyewumi Ajagungbade.

The former governor, who is also Aro of Ogbomosoland, said as chairman Advisory Board for the National Movement for the re-election of Buhari, he is visiting traditional rulers across the country; to champion the cause for another term for president Buhari in 2019.

Kalu said he was in Ogbomosoland to preach peace to the people and to appeal to the Soun to continue to maintain peace and order in his domain; in line with one of the cardinal principles of the Buhari-led All Progressives Congress government.

Dr Kalu maintained that as the Aro of Ogbomosoland, a title given to him by the Soun almost 20 years ago, the diversity of the country should be positively explored for the peace, unity and progress Nigeria.

He later presented a plaque to the Soun, on behalf of the National Movement for the re-election of Buhari.

In his remarks, the royal father expressed delight at the visit and said Dr Kalu remains a sincere friend of Ogbomosoland, who is welcome any time.

Oba Ajagungbade said president Buhari is trying his best possible to put the country on the pedestal of rapid socio-economic development hence, he will have the support of the people if he decides to contest again in 2019.

The Soun stressed that as a traditional ruler, he will join others in praying for the sustenance of peace and security in the country as well as God’s divine guidance for the nation’s leaders.  (The Sun)

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Orji Kalu Congratulates Willie Obiano On His Re-election |The Republican News

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Former governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Kalu has congratulated Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State on his re-election.
While commending the candidates of the political parties for exhibiting patriotism and maturity before,during and after the election, Kalu applauded the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security agencies and other stakeholders for conducting a transparent election.
According to him, Ndi Anambra have spoken with their votes and the will of the people is paramount and unchangeable.
In a statement issued on Monday and signed by his Special Adviser, Kunle Oyewumi, Kalu said,” I wish to congratulate Chief Willie Obiano, Governor of Anambra State on his success in the November 18 governorship election.
“The people of Anambra State have again, reaffirmed their confidence in the Chief Willie Obiano led state government. People came out en masse to cast their votes for their preferred candidates in a peaceful atmosphere.
“Since it is the wish of Ndi-Anambra, which is obvious from the outcome of the election, so be it.
“I believe Governor Obiano will extend a hand of fellowship to candidates of other political parties in his desire to improve the common lots of the people.
“Democracy is about good governance and regardless of party affiliation, it is imperative to continually engage those at the helm in a bid to build a decent society.
” We can be in different political parties but we must all have a common goal of improving lives”
Kalu while admonishing politicians to play the game by the rules, stressed that politics should not be seen as a do-or-die affair.  (The Sun)

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IPOB Berates Uzor Kalu Over Claim Of Nnamdi Kanu’s Whereabouts, Calls Him Desperate Hausa-Fulani Slave

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The former governor of Abia state and the CEO of Slok holdings, Orji Uzor Kalu has once again caused the anger of IPOB through his claim that Nnamdi Kanu’s family member told him that he left to the UK via Malaysia during the raid by Nigerian security forces in his family home on September 14.
Kalu in his claim said this: “Kanu was not taken away by the military. Kanu went to Malaysia from where he travelled to the United Kingdom. Nnamdi Kanu is in London right now as we speak. He was not arrested by anybody. He left the country on his own. One of his relations has spoken to me and explained everything because I wanted to see him and talk to him wherever he was and see how I could meet some Federal Government officials on this issue. I also wanted to see ways of talking to the President about him and find common ground but his family told me that he has left the country unless they are lying to me. I believe, whether he had left the country or not, he is not with the military because I asked the Commander of the 14 Brigade, Brig.-Gen. A.K Ibrahim, who is a very fine and good soldier, well educated and dedicated, and he told me that they don’t know his whereabouts and I am sure, the Department of State Services have the same. “
IPOB addresses Orji Uzor Kalu’s claim in this press release:
ORJI UZOR KALU: THE QUINTESSENTIAL HAUSA-FULANI SLAVE. A DROWNING MAN, LOOKING FOR WHERE TO PERCH.
 
It has come to the knowledge of the worldwide family of IPOB and it’s leadership concerning the wild and widely reported comments of Orji Uzor Kalu regarding the whereabouts of our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. This man Orji Uzor Kalu has again made claims that could only classify him as either mentally unstable or beholden to the Fulani caliphate interest, to the extent that he has almost lost his senses. His spurious claim that the overall leader of IPOB and prophet of our time Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has made his way to London via Malaysia is confirmation that he would do or say anything to escape his ongoing corruption scandal. Worse still, he might be a hapless victim of a well-orchestrated blackmail by his Hausa Fulani Islamic masters or on hallucinogenic drugs. That man like Orji Uzor Kalu rose to the lofty height of a governor in the South East is indicative of the mess and moral bankruptcy at the heart of governance in that region, he should not be blamed. In the second republic, men like Orji Uzor Kalu would only be found useful as a political thug.
That a man that has spent his entire fraudulent life lying, deceiving and running errands for his Hausa Fulani Islamic caliphate masters made this laughable outburst is not entirely unexpected. We expect much more compromised Efulefus to follow suit in the coming days. After all selling collective Igbo interest and by extension that of Biafra has been their hallmark all their political lives. It didn’t start today but their era is coming to an end.
Biafrans are now well accustomed to Hausa Fulani errand boys euphemistically referred to as Igbo leaders coming out once in a while to condemn what is in the collective interest of the people. They have no qualms about conniving with Hausa Fulani Islamic soldiers to kill and maim their own people as long as their meaningless and fake status of Igbo leader is left intact. Only a man without honour, a clearly definable paternal lineage as tradition demands and devoid of honour will spout such unfounded uncorroborated nonsense in the hope of letting Buratai off the hook for the abominable atrocities his soldiers committed in connection with the disappearance of our leader when his home was raided on the 14th of September 2017.
Both the United Kingdom and Malaysia are civilised countries and not as corrupt as Nigeria, where there is no accurate record of migration in and out of the country. What Orji Uzor Kalu is saying, in essence, is that United Kingdom government officials are lying when they rightfully demanded the whereabouts of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. For the information of those who may have fallen for the barefaced lies of Orji Uzor Kalu, United Kingdom is an island nation surrounded by water and near impossible to enter without being documented. If our leader is in the UK their government will not bother demanding he is produced by the Buhari regime. Lying it seems runs deep in APC.
It is not right to apportion blame to Orji Uzor Kalu alone but to the entire people of South East and Abia State in particular for allowing such a shamelessly proud Hausa Fulani slave to rise to political prominence. There is no other more humiliating indictment of an entire race than that of a man who in traditional Igbo setting would not be allowed to speak in public, suddenly rose to political prominence in a land brimming with academic brilliance and excellence in every field of human endeavour. There seems to be an ongoing battle among so-called political leaders in Biafraland as to who will emerge the anointed son of the Fulani caliphate.
IPOB through her lawyers will compel Orji Uzor Kalu to appear in court alongside Buratai on October 17, 2017, to tell the world, under oath, what he claims to know the whereabouts of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. His laughable assertion that the IPOB leader is in London is confirmation that all along he has been working in tandem with Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu, Willie Obiano, Rochas Okprocha and others to slaughter as many IPOB family members as possible in order to please the core North. Any right-thinking person, aware of the dubious upbringing of Orji Uzor Kalu and his fraudulent paternity claim against the famous businessman Nnanna Kalu, a man that publicly denied him, should dismiss his latest antics as another calculated attempt to endear himself more to his Hausa Fulani Islamic handlers. The question Orji Uzor Kalu must answer is this if indeed you are Nnanna Kalu’s son, why do you tell people you come from Igbere when the man you fraudulently claim is your father is not from there.
Our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu before his abduction by Nigerian Army has brought an end to the era of cash and carry politics of subservience to Hausa Fulani to the detriment of Biafra. That was why he flatly rejected your monetary offer to him to compromise his uncompromising stance on Biafra restoration. Thankfully today you have told the world that Nnamdi Kanu cannot be bought. The politics of selling the interest of the East to the North is why all Hausa Fulani stooges in government houses across the South East ganged up with their Hausa Fulani masters to kill Nnamdi Kanu and proscribe IPOB. Their wish having come through, they are now lining up to exonerate the military because they know their names will be mentioned as accomplices to mass murder of IPOB family members.
Orji Uzor Kalu and his co-conspirators must await the fury of the people which is slowly building up. The same way Romans rose against the murderous Brutus and his gang that slayed the popular Julius Ceasar, so will the mob in Biafraland descend on all traitors in no distant time. Planning and executing the mass murder of IPOB members including our leader and looking to cover up your complicity with bare faced lies, will expose and render Orji Uzor Kalu inconsequential and expose him for the Hausa Fulani slave he truly is. The masses will set an example with the likes of Orji Uzor Kalu, Okezie Ikpeazu and Willie Obiano in no distant time that other quislings like them may learn.
We have formally instructed our attorneys to add the name of Orji Uzor Kalu as one of those who might help in locating of our leader. He should be prepared to present his evidence in a court of law and be cross examined under oath. The surviving members of Kanu family have all denied ever talking to the lying Orji Uzor Kalu about the whereabouts of our leader, so he should be prepared to mount the witness box because his lies have gone on for far too long.
 
Signed:
EMMA POWERFUL
MEDIA AND PUBLICITY SECRETARY FOR IPOB

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Dangote, Kalu, Elumelu, Seven Others Make Forbes Billionaire List In Africa

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Dangote, Adenuga, Alakija, seven others on richest list

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Forbes, a website renowned for ranking of richest people in the world, has made available the list of richest people in Nigeria in 2017.

In the latest release, nine others made the billionaires club to join Africa’s Richest man Aliko Dangote with a net worth of $12.5 billion.  In 2014, Dangote ranked as the 24th richest man in the world but has since then fallen to positions below 100 due to Naira’s depreciating value.

Others on the rich men’s list, according to Forbes ranking, are: Gbobacom and ConOil Chairman Mike Adenuga with a net worth of $10.5 billion, with interest in oil and gas and telecoms and Zenon Oil and Gas and Forte Oil Plc Chief Executive Officer Femi Otedola, who has interest in real estates amongst other sectors with a net worth of $2.3 billion.

Also in the club are: business tycoon Mrs. Folorunsho Alakija, who has interest in fashion, oil and printing industries. Mrs Alakija, who is the richest African woman has a net worth of $2.1 billion; former Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Theophilus Danjuma, who is the Chairman of Atlantic Petroleum with a net worth $1.7 billion and BUA Group Founder Abdusalam Rabiu, who has interest in sugar refining, cement production, real estate and port operations.

In September 2015, the BUA Group signed a $600 million deal with a Chinese cement equipment service provider Sinoma International Engineering to construct a second production line in Edo State. He is worth $1.5 billion.

The others are: United Bank for Africa and The Tony Elumemu Foundation Chairman Mr. Tony Elumelu. The philanthropist is worth $1.4 billion. There is also former Abia State Governor Orji Uzor Kalu. The Slok Holding founder and Chairman runs a conglomerate with interest in shipping, banking, oil, trading, manufacturing and the media. He is worth $1.1 billion.

Zenith Bank Founder and Chairman Jim Ovia is the largest shareholder with a stake of almost 10 per cent.  Ovia is worth $1 billion.

The Chairman and Founder of the Honeywell Group, Oba Otudeko is said to worth $650 million. He is the chairman of FBN Holdings Plc. His operations spread across oil and gas, flour milling, real estate and marine transportation.      (The Nation)

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Orji Kalu Visits Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB Leader In Prison |The Republican News

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A former Governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, on Friday paid a visit to the incarcerated leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, where he said the latter did not deserve to be in detention.

Kalu, who recently defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress, posted a picture he had taken with Kanu during his visit to Kuje Prison.

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In the post, Kalu said, “Today, I visited Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in Kuje Prison and we engaged in a very long discussion. Kanu is my brother and a son of the soil. He shouldn’t be where he is because Kuje Prison is not his home. It is therefore my utmost concern to see him regain his freedom like every other Nigerian.”

However, Kalu’s post generated a mixed reaction on Facebook, as some commenters criticised him while others commended the move.

A Facebook user, Usman Ibrahim, said, “Sir, you made a very good decision by visiting and advising him, peace is better than everything in life.”

Another Facebook user, Chukwuwike Anijunsi, said, “Well done sir! Every great leader is known for what he has done for others (and) not for himself alone. Ndigbo will be happy to see a solution to the unending political neglect of their people.”

But Peter Stone’s comment on the online forum was critical of Kalu, saying, “You have proven several times to us that you are a political prostitute and so you don’t expect Nnamdi Kanu to adhere to your selfish advice. You disappointed me as a fan of yours the moment you joined the APC. You should be ashamed of yourself sir.”

A Federal High Court in Abuja had granted the Federal Government permission to shield the identities of witnesses billed to testify against Kanu.

Kanu, who had rejected the ruling, threatened that there would be no Nigeria by the time he finished giving his testimony in court.

Read more:Justice Nyako Refuses Kanu Bail Application |The Republican News

He had said, “This is nonsense. I will give testimony before this court. By the time I finish, there will be no Nigeria. This is no Sharia court. It is a court that operates under the common law.”

Kanu, who is facing 11-counts bordering on treasonable felony and his alleged involvement in acts of terrorism, has been in detention since October 2015 when he was arrested by security operatives.  (Punchng.com)

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