Posted by Odimegwu Onwumere | 21 February 2014 | 3,476 times
Abia State Governor, Chief Theodore Ahamefule Orji, recently said that there were diverse calls for him to run for Senate in 2015, but he was yet decide on the calls. Even so, there is every suggestion that he has such an ambition, but for the fact that he knew he has botched the people’s hope in him and would run away from the state after his tenure as governor, he was making flippant excuses, saying at the National Council of State meeting that he did not authorise the alleged posters that have swarmed the state capital, proclaiming his senatorial ambition.
As a man known for his twofold-speaking on every issue and is not stanch, Gov. Orji told newsmen that the posters were placed by curious people, who wanted him for the senate; a statement that invariably showcased the governor to be in the-know of the people who were placing the posters. Not trusty as Gov. T.A Orji is, he said that he could not stop the poster-pesters, because they were expressing their opinion, as far as such was within the purview of the law.
Yet, this was a man who had taken to visiting the National Secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Abuja, to see that his co-travellers and him influence the national leadership of the party not to formally re-admit his political mentor and former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu (popularly called OUK, among his peers), whom he served for eight years, as Chief of Staff.
There was no how Gov. Orji could decide for the senate, because he knew that our people have lost hope in him, as a man who knows the proclamation of the rule of law and how to develop a state, but sadly only in the media. He knows that the Abia Central senatorial zone and the entire Abia people are fed up with him and are regretting how he blatantly became governor again in the 2011 elections, when Dr. Kalu had apologised to our people that he regretted using his hard-earned money to campaign for the elections of Gov. Orji in 2007, and he became governor.
Mr. Femi Adesina, the Managing Director of The Sun newspapers, in one of his decent essays in his column dubbed Gov. Orji an ingrate, owing to how quickly the governor forgot how persons like Adesina and Mike Awoyinfa traversed the city of Abuja to pressure for his release from prison and he came back to occupy the seat as governor and started seeing ghost in Dr. Kalu, in all things. The All Progressives Grand Alliance’s chieftain, Ochiagha Reagan Ufomba, vehemently told newsmen on February 3, 2014 that why Gov. Orji is misbehaving is because he (Orji) stole his mandate in the 2011 elections; and what Orji has got in that supposedly miscarriage of habit are bad governance, booing and molestation anywhere he went, for stealing his (Ufomba) mandate.
Only those without shame and good conscience can behave in the way and manner Gov. Orji is behaving. This is a governor who cannot give a tangible account of all the money he has received from the federation account in his stewardship mounting to nearly eight years now. All that he is bent on doing is to be frequenting Abuja to romance with President Goodluck Jonathan in order for Mr. President to see him as a loyalist and trust him in his future political career.
What President Jonathan should know is that Gov. Orji cannot be trusted, because it is glaring that he bit the finger of Dr. Kalu that fed him and wants to destablise Dr. Kalu in all ramification of life, not only on the ex-Governor’s political escapades. Gov. T.A Orji is unrepentant on how to delude those like Dr. Kalu that once trusted him to a fault. Mr. President, beware!
From all indications, Gov. Orji can only take an oath in the church and go free that he does not know anything about the posters bearing his personality for senate making recent news in Umuahia; he cannot take an oath before Amadioha and go free of being ignorant of the sponsorship and funding of the posters.
One sacrosanct aspect of these calls that Gov. Orji has been telling the world that different people and groups are calling him to come out for the senate in 2015 is that, the governor has not been hearing clearly. What the people (not those he has been sponsoring to arrange his poster around Abia State for senate) are calling for him is to run away from the state, because he has pummeled the state to the ground and has run the state aground with his family members and his cronies and unprincipled media aides.
Even persons who have not been to Gov. Orji-led Abia State knew through the complaints of the people that the governor has not performed as a governor and that his clamour for senate is the height of jokes in the 21 century. He’s the one creating the news that our people want him for senate. What the likes of President Jonathan should know is that Gov. Orji cannot be relied on.
It is in history that he ran away from the PPA, on which platform he became governor to the APGA. When what he went to APGA in 2010 did not favour him, he did not stay up to a week and ran away to the PDP. Today, his ambition would be to run to the All Progressives Alliance (APC), when the national leadership of the PDP must have formalised the re-entry of Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu into the party Kalu was a foundation member; Kalu having willingly given the party the sum of N500,000,000 in 2008 for the formation of the party, when the likes of Gov. Orji could not boast of N20,000 in cash.
•Odimegwu Onwumere, a Poet/Writer, writes from Rivers State. He can be reached via email@example.com. Photo shows Governor T.A Orji.
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