By Chidi Nkwopara

OWERRI—The South East People’s Assembly (SEPA),  weekend took a swipe at the immediate past Governor of Abia State, Chief Orji Kalu, for his failure to appear before Imo State House of Assembly to substantiate his allegation of financial misdeeds against Governor Ikedi Ohakim.

Vanguard recalls that Kalu had through his lawyer, informed the House that he would not honour the invitation because he was on his way to Rome on the invitation of the Catholic Pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI.

But SEPA through its National Chairman, Chief Canice Nwachukwu, described Kalu’s excuse as “most untenable,” insisting that he had actually been in Abuja all the while the Assemblymen were waiting for him.

“You know that it is typical of Orji Kalu. When he was on bail from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), he told them that he needed to travel abroad to see his wife who was to be operated upon.

But when EFCC called the hospital, it was discovered that he was not at the hospital,” Nwachukwu said.

He wondered why Kalu, who aspired to be president of Nigeria, should be afraid to appear before Imo lawmakers to substantiate his allegations against Ohakim, if he was sure of his facts.

SEPA boss called on the former Governor to redeem his image by appearing before the Imo lawmakers, to testify instead of lying in the name of the Pope.

On Mr. Maximus Uba, who is also wanted by the Assemblymen, Nwachukwu said he was at a loss on why the man also failed to appear before the Imo lawmakers.

“He will be helping not only Imo people if he supplies any incriminating document against Ohakim to the House, but also be helping to nurture democracy in Nigeria.

The duo should please help us to sustain this democracy and accountability,” Nwachukwu pleaded


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