Abia Youth Movement (AYM), a coalition of youth groups, has berated a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abia State, Hon. Paul Ikonne, for making derogatory utterances against Dr. Orji Kalu, former governor of Abia State, over his defection to the APC.
The group’s coordinator, Comrade Edward Ifeanyi, said the statement credited to Ikonne is malicious and wicked. In a statement signed by its spokesperson, the group stated: “It is laughable that Ikonne who does not have the political wherewithal to command political followership can make such a derogatory statement against the person of Dr. Orji Kalu, former governor of Abia State.
“Ordinarily, we would have ignored Ikonne’s comments but for the sake of the unsuspecting public we have to set the records straight.
“There is no doubt in the capacity of ex-Gov. Kalu in mobilising and driving support for the APC beyond the South East.
“In this regard, we salute Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State for acknowledging the fact that Kalu’s defection is a big plus not only to the APC but the South East in general.
“We wish to advise Ikonne to face reality and join other APC faithful in leveraging on Kalu’s political machinery in advancing the cause of APC in the South East.”
While charging the political class in Abia State to play the game by the rule, Okorocha urged them to bury their differences for the sake of peace and unity.
In a similar development, a chieftain of the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) in Abia State, Hon. James Eke, has faulted comments credited to former Chairman of PPA, Abia State, Emeka Okafor, that Dr. Kalu was expelled from PPA.
According to the PPA chieftain, Kalu voluntarily resigned as a member of PPA and was not expelled from the party.
He noted that Okafor was relieved of his position as Chairman of PPA, Abia State, over gross misappropriation of funds, abuse of office and anti-party activities. Speaking with journalists at his residence in Umuahia on Monday, Eke described Okafor as an ingrate and an insatiable person.