Former Abia governor Kalu denies nominating brother, cousin for minister

Former Abia governor Kalu denies nominating brother, cousin for minister

- Senator-elect for Abia North, Orji Kalu, has denied rumour that he nominated his brother for minister

- Kalu decribed the rumour as handiwork of mischief makers and political jobbers

- The former Abia state governor, however, told the online platform which started the rumour to apologise within seven days or face the wrath of the law

Former governor of Abia and Senator-elect for Abia north, Orji Kalu, has denied rumours that he nominated his younger brother, Mascot Kalu and cousin, Madukwe Ukaegbu, for minister.

The Nation reports that a statement on Monday, April 8, from Kalu’s media office, urged the public to disregard the false news. gathered that Kalu described the rumour as the handiwork of mischief makers and political jobbers who were envious of the APC’s growing popularity in the state.

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The statement read: “We condemn the news that Dr. Orji Kalu has nominated his brother Mascot Kalu and cousin Madukwe Ukaegbu for ministerial appointment.

“The fake news is another attempt by political jobbers to score cheap political points. We advise the management of the online platform which started the spread to apologise within seven days otherwise face the wrath of the law.”

The statement also urged members of the APC to be wary of paid agents of the opposition, saying Kalu would not lose sleep over the antics of failed politicians.

It was gathered that the party has dissociated itself from moves by President Muhammadu Buhari to reappoint Okechukwu Enelamah, current minister of industry, trade and investment, as a minister.

The party, which accused Enelamah of apathy towards its activities in the last three years, called on the national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, to ensure that Abia gets a minister who is committed to the party’s interest and growth in the next federal cabinet.

The publicity secretary, Comrade Benedict Godson, who addressed reporters, said most of the problems faced by the party during the last election were due to Enelamah’s non-commitment and lackadaisical approach to its issues.

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He said: “We have a minister on paper but nobody feels his impact. Throughout the campaigns, he showed no interest. He should help build this party, but he has instead remained unconcerned and lackadaisical. He’s practically not an APC member.

“Now he is being projected to return as a minister which should not be so. We disown him because he’s a saboteur to our party here in Abia. His attitude is serving the interest of the opposition."

Meanwhile, had previously reported that Kalu said he had put his political enmity with his successor, Senator Theodore Orji, behind him and was prepared to work harmoniously with him in the Senate.

Kalu, who won the March 9 National Assembly polls, after two consecutive attempts said he had forgiven Orji for the benefit of his people in Abia state.

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