By Anayo Okoli
UMUAHIA—OHANAEZE Youth Council has condemned the serial media attacks and campaign of calumny against the outgoing governor of Abia State, Chief Theodore Orji, by his predecessor and estranged political mentor, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu, saying it was time the former governor put a halt to the unnecessary attacks.
The group accused the former governor of being on a vendetta mission to rubbish his successor and urged him to toe the line of a statesman by commending the governor where he had done well.
The group, in a statement by Mr. Chetachi Ikpe, deputy chairman, regretted that ‘’it was unfortunate for a past governor to sustain a vitriolic campaign of calumny against his successor in this manner.”
Accusing the former governor of being on a vendetta mission, the group said that it was uncharitable for former Governor Orji Uzor Kalu to continue his tirades and mudslinging, even to the end of the administration of his successor.
The group was reacting to a publication in one of the national dailies, entitled ‘Governor T. A. Orji: Crumbling dynasty and Karma.’
“Ordinarily, we would not have bothered to react over the write-up but since the allegation is to tarnish the image of our patron and foremost Igbo leader and Nigerian patriot, it will be a disservice if we fail to react over the issues raised.
“It is obvious that the former governor’s effusions portray a man that is on a vendetta mission to rubbish his successor,” the group said.
It pointed out that Governor Orji needed accolades rather attacks by the former governor, having given Abians quality leadership and a new lease of life.
The group accused the former governor of embarking on the serial media attacks because he was allegedly denied opportunity to control the finances of the state by proxy, contending that Governor Orji had changed a lot in Abia compared to what the former governor did during his time.