Crisis Brews In Abia PDP Over Solidarity Visit To Orji Kalu, As Party Chieftain Demands Speaker’s Resignation

The Peoples Democratic Party in Abia State may be heading towards major crisis with the call by Chief Don Ubani, a key stakeholder of the ruling party, on Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Chief Chinedum Orji to resign over his recent solidarity visit to Senator Orji Kalu, opposition party leader in the state.

Ubani, in a leaked controversial text message to Speaker, on Tuesday described him as treacherous betrayer for visiting a former governor of the state, Chief Orji Uzor-Kalu, who was recently released from Kuje Correctional Centre.

He alleged that Orji, pledged loyalty to Kalu, who is member of the All Progressive Congress.

Ubani said, “Democratic Ethics and Decency demand that you resign as Speaker in a PDP-controlled House of Assembly.”

Ubani, who was a former Commissioner for Petroleum and Information under former Governor Theodore Orji, alleged that Kalu, sued him for defending the Speaker’s family.

Part of the text message reads: “Upon all I did for your father’s administration, I was unjustifiably owed seven months of my entitlements. I was not given a car as a commissioner that ceaselessly defended the administration. There was no severance allowance! I endured all these, taking them as the outcome of man’s imperfection.

While lamenting on the alleged anti party activities of the the father and son, Ubani states further:

“But I am in pains to realise that you are a betrayer of trust. Inexplicably speedily, you ran to Chief Orji Uzor-Kalu, who was released from prison merely on technical grounds, to bow down and pledge loyalty. You did not only pledge loyalty to Chief Kalu of APC, you declared him the ‘Authentic Leader’ of, not even your Old Bende, but Abia State.”

However, the PDP led government is yet to release an official statement over the alleged anti party activities of the Speaker. It could be recalled that the perceived ‘clandestine’ moves by the Speaker and his father Senator T.A.Orji were made when the governor Okezie Ikpeazu, who is currently recuperating from COVID-19 sickness was incommunicado in isolation centre.



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