BY ANAYO OKOLI
ABA – THE face-off between Aba branch of Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, and Abia State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Umeh Kalu, deepened, weekend, with the association calling on Governor Theodore Orji to remove Kalu.
In its petition to Orji, the association alleged that Kalu “is not a fit and proper person to occupy the exalted office of Attorney-General of Abia State.”
NBA Aba branch had threatened that unless Kalu was removed as the Attorney-General, lawyers in the branch “shall not relate or have anything (official or otherwise) to do with Mr. Umeh Kalu or office of Attorney-General, Abia State.”
Mean time, Kalu has described the call for his sack as no issue, saying that the views of Aba NBA was of no relevance as he is not the Attorney-General of the branch.
In a nine-point resolution issued at the end of its two-day annual general meeting and election of new executives, the lawyers also vowed “not to take part in any function or other activity of the state at which Mr. Umeh Kalu appears or attends parading himself as Attorney- General and Commissioner of Justice, Abia State.”
The association said: “The NBA Aba branch shall take every legitimate necessary action, measure or step, including representation to all strata of government and the Bar (national, state or local) with a view to ensuring that Mr. Umeh Kalu is removed as Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice.”
Umeh, in a telephone interview, said: “I am not the Attorney-General of Aba Bar, but that of Abia State. They did not appoint me. Aba Bar is less than 00.1 per cent of the people of Abia State and there are other branches in the state. They are entitled to their views but their views are of no relevance. I am a lawyer and I know what my entitlements are. I think we should be thinking of how to move the state forward not about Aba Bar.”