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STOP ATTACKING KALU, GROUP WARNS ABIA GOV

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Ndigbo Unity Forum (NUF), a non-partisan grassroots-oriented group, has cautioned Abia State governor, Theodore Orji, to desist from attacking his predecessor, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu.

The group gave the warning after an emergency meeting on Friday at Onitsha, Anambra State, in reaction to Orji's vituperation against his former mentor during the burial of Dim Odumegwu Ojukwu.

The group in a statement signed by its president, Augustine Chukwudum, frowned at the incumbent governor for what it described as a fabrication against his predecessor.

Orji was quoted to have said that Ojukwu resisted his joining the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) with Kalu from the Progressive People Alliance (PPA).

'If Governor T.A. Orji had used another occasion to attack Chief Orji Uzor Kalu as he used to do, we would not have reacted, because we know that Governor Orji is an ungrateful human being. He instead used the burial of Ojukwu whom every Igbo person was mourning his death to insult his mentor. That is to show how bitter he is with Orji Uzor Kalu, a man who rescued him from death at the hands of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over framed fraud allegation against him before the 2007 general election,' he said.

The group lamented that Orji Kalu and Abia people made everything possible for T.A. Orji to become governor of the state and instead of thanking God for his mentor he chose to blackmail him.

After deliberating on the issue, the group demanded as follows:

'That the people of Umuahia should call Theodore Orji to order, and that the governor must stop using Chief Kalu as excuse for non-performance as governor for the past five years.'

It also commended the people of Abia State for ignoring Governor T.A. Orji's attack on his predecessor and called on Chief Kalu not to rest in his campaign for Igbo oånity.