THE RISE, FALL AND EXIT OF ORJI UZOR KALU AND FAMILY IN ABIA POLITICAL SPACE
By Okechukwu Charles (1)
Their joy knew no bounds, as the people of Ukwa/ Ngwa trooped out in Mass on Monday the 29th day of March 2021 in a victory rally Jubilation for Chimaobi Ifeanyichukwu Ebisike who emerged victorious following the March 27th bye-election for Aba North/ South federal constituency under the platform of the people’s party (PDP).
The Popular city of Aba was full to the brim even as all the Indigenes of Ukwa/ Ngwa Living in Aba and its environs made their way from all the nooks and crannies of Aba, demonstrating so much Joy, peace, and above all freedom that for over the past 22years no Aba Ngwa man has ever occupied the seat of being at the Green Chambers of the National Assembly.
Quickly recall that the representation of Aba North/South Federal Constituency over these years has said to be a Master plan of the Former Governor of Abia State, and the Present Senator cum Chief Whip representing Abia North Senatorial district, Sen. Orji Uzor Kalu who has consciously remained in the business of wrongly presenting his siblings for any Juicy positions, but more importantly, the seat of Aba North/ South Federal Constituency which his immediate younger brother Nanna Uzor Kalu represented from 1999 – 2007.
Occasioned by the death of the immediate Past member representing Aba North/South Federal Constituency and a member of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, ( APGA) Hon. Ossy Prestige, and the need for a bye-election, the story wasn’t different again this time for Sen. Orji Uzor Kalu who went about the City of Aba, parading another of his Younger brother, Mascot Uzor Kalu, ( MUK) whom he alleged to be the candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance ( APC) and in his campaigns of Calumny also made claims that the beautification of Aba the Enyimba City by the Present Government of Governor Okezie Victor Chibuikem Ikpeazu (Ph.D.) was an effort of the Niger Delta Development Commission ( NDDC).
For the indigenous people of Aba their massage was very clear, going by the state of Aba over the past years which was abandoned by the then Government of the State, and in present time received the master touch of Governor Okezie Victor Ikpeazu (Ph.D.) whom they all referred to as a replica of Governor Sam Onulaka Mbakwe of their time, that Sen. Orji Uzor Kalu has one week to produce the contract papers of the newly constructed roads in Aba as claimed and also tender an unreserved apology to the Governor, Government and people of Abia State, for falsehood claims or be declared persona non grata in Abia State.
The Victory rally witnessed the presence of some notable political bigwigs in Abia politics of Ukwa/Ngwa extraction, notable amongst them are:
Erondu Uchenna Erondu (Jnr), Hon. Darlington Nwokeocha, Hon. Ginger Obinna Onwusibe, High Chief Uzo Ihuka, Hon. Chinenye Nwaogu Barr. Chizuru Kanu, Comr. Eugine Eze Job, present Executive Chairmen of the nine Local Government Areas, members of major political groups, members of the NURTW, the Student Community, traders, including People’s Democratic Party faithful.