By Anayo Okoli & Ugochukwu Alaribe
UMUAHIA—THE pioneer chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Abia State, Chief Tony Ukasoanya has explained that the monthly one million naira and the SUV assigned to him by the immediate administration of former Governor Theodore Orji was in his capacity as an appointee of the government and not a gift.
According to him, he never begged former Governor Theodore Orji for anything but only served in his cabinet as an adviser.
Ukasoanya who spoke to Vanguard in Umuahia while reacting to reports against him credited to former Governor Orji, also dismissed claims that he never sent memos to Orji as governor while he lasted as an appointee under him.
According to Ukasoanya, if he was not sending memos to the former governor, “why was I paid N1 million monthly and given an official SUV; and why were we together for more than 12 hours on a daily basis, what were we discussing if not the memos I brought to him?”
Saying that Sen. Orji has not responded to all the allegations he leveled against him, the now APC chieftain said the former governor knew him as a very comfortable man before he and former governor Orji Uzor Kalu recruited him to be the governor of Abia State.
“T. A. knew me as a personality that will never go begging up to the last day of my life. It is interesting that he was paying me N1 million every month and gave me an SUV, my entitlement as a government appointee, not from his personal pocket. He knows very well that I have companies which I worked hard to set up before 1990.
“In his own case, I recruited him to join Orji Kalu’s government. What was he then? He had a rickety 504 car and lived in a flat without ventilation. Today, he can boast of being a billionaire and having assets all over Umuahia and other places. A day shall come when he shall be called upon to tell Abians what he did to earn all the assets,” the APC chieftain said.
Why Apugo, Ukasoanya, others attack Sen. Orji—PDP chieftain
Meantime, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Abia State, Pagoda Kalu, has revealed reasons why Chiefs Tony Ukasoanya, Benjamin Apugo, and Uche Akwukwuegbu have continued to launch attacks on former governor, Senator Theodore Orji.
In an interview with Vanguard in Aba, Kalu who is a chairmanship aspirant in the scheduled December 17 council polls in the state insisted that the trio were not happy over Orji’s support for power shift which led to Ukwa/Ngwa people producing a governor for the first time since the creation of the state.
He added that Ukasoanya and Akwukwuegbu who were at different times, part of the immediate past administration in the state, would never forgive Orji for rejecting their preferred candidates in favour of power shift to Ukwa/Ngwa.