By Anayo Okoli
Umuahia – FORMER governor of Abia State and PPA senatorial candidate in next month’s election, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu, has denied being attacked by youths of any community in Abia North senatorial zone in the course of his on-going campaign tour of the area.
Kalu also denied that any of his vehicles had been set ablaze by any group during his campaign trips as being alleged in some quarters.
Kalu said he had been having smooth campaign in all the communities within the zone he intended to represent at the senate, and wondered why the state government had been carrying campaign of calumny against him.
He explained that he had been to Item, where the youths were allegedly told before his arrival that he was coming to destabilize their place and that they should not allow him to come in.
Governor Kalu also said traditional rulers in the area were allegedly warned not to receive him.
“At Item the youths were told to block the roads not to allow me to enter, but when I got there and came down from my bus, on seeing me, they started hailing me, father, godfather, patron, leader and other endearing names.
“They told me that they were warned from Umuahia not to allow one man to enter into their place, but we did not know that you are the man in question, please you are free to go in and I went in and met all the traditional rulers in the four villages I wanted to go and received their blessings,” the former governor explained.
Kalu further explained that he had been campaigning peacefully in all the places he had visited, except Okagwe Ohafia, home of the state Attorney-General of the state, where tyres were being burnt on the road.
“I still went in and told his people to warn him as he cannot stop me from entering any part of Ohafia,” said Kalu.
According to him, at Idima Abam, about 12 youths were sent to burn tyres on the road which entered the bushes around.
He added that the fire was so intense that no vehicle could pass through, but said that on seeing him, the youths came out and asked him to climb a bike to take him across to speak to those who had been waiting for him.
Kalu said: ”You see they are afraid of me and are doing everything possible to stop me from speaking to the people.
“I want to represent the people because the man competing against me has been asked to retire by the people of Abia North, so they are no longer comfortable.”