Former Governor of Abia State and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, at the weekend was in Ekiti State defying the order barring him from the state.
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Gov. Ayodele Fayose in a statement released by his media aide, Lere Olayinka, declared Kalu persona non grata in Ekiti, claiming the former governor’s peace advocacy tour, during which he has been singing the praise of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in the face of alleged security challenge and growing poverty, was in bad faith.
“He should rather take his peace and unity advocacy to his own state, where he is already rejected and other states where Nigerians are being killed on a daily basis by armed bandits,” Fayose.
However, in an apparent violation of the order, Kalu arrived Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital to a warm reception from a group of supporters of All Progressive Congress, APC, led by the party governorship aspirant and former speaker, Femi Bamisile, and was hosted at the GRA home of the latter.
Speaking in his capacity as the acting chairman of the Advisory Board for National Movement for Re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari, the ex-governor hit out at former president Olusegun Obasanjo saying “Nigerians should tell former President Obasanjo to stop writing frivolous letters. It was said that someone who behaved badly by not listening to advice could talk like this. Let me tell you emphatically that President Buhari will contest again, don’t listen to letter writers like Obasanjo. Obasanjo has been president twice, so he should keep his letter in Otta for himself.
“If anyone will caution President Buhari, it should not be Obasanjo. If you check your records very well, he remains the most corrupt president ever. He came into office with less than N20,000 and he later built multibillion naira Otta Farm, Library Project and the Hilltop Mansion.
“That is why somebody like me is in Ekiti to tell our people not to listen to Obasanjo. He met the economy in comatose, today President Buhari has raised the foreign reserve from $23 billion to as much as $47 billion dollars while the menace of Boko Haram has been defeated.”