- Senator Orji Uzor-Kalu has stated that going to prison was a life-changing experience for him
- The former governor of Abia state said it is part of his destiny to spend time in prison
- Kalu was reacting to comments of his political opponents mocking him for his 6-month incarceration
A former governor of Abia state, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, has declared that he is not ashamed of his six months stint in prison.
Kalu who is the current senator representing Abia North Senatorial District made the comment at the campaign rally of Mascot Uzor Kalu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Aba North/South Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives.
Mascot is the younger brother of Orji, who is also the current chief whip of the Nigerian Senate.
The senator was responding to comments credited to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu and Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, the Senate minority leader.
The duo recently mocked Kalu saying he had not recovered from his prison experience after he asserted that roads in Abia were either funded by the federal government or Niger Delta Development Commission.
The Cable quoted Kalu as saying:
“This is 10 pm and I am here with you, can the governor or Abaribe come here? That is why in leadership, you have to be with the people you are leading.
“But they don’t understand this simple technique, all the projects they claim to be doing are all on the radio, nothing on the ground. Joseph went to prison, even Obasanjo went to prison.
“My going to prison is part of my life script and I am thankful God allowed it.”
Vanguard reports that the spokesman to Governor Ikpeazu, Mr Onyebuchi Ememanka, had scolded Kalu for claiming that the on-going road infrastructural development in Aba is funded by the federal government through his intervention.
Ememanka said there was no iota of truth in Kalu’s claims, insisting that the state government is finding the on-going projects in Aba.
Two months ago, Kalu urged the people of the southeast to join the APC, adding that it is an opportunity for Igbo people to join the winning team.
The lawmaker suggested that joining the party is beneficial because the APC is committed to a united and indivisible Nigeria.
Kalu also recently declared that the governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, would soon join the APC.
The senator made the declaration while addressing journalists after Wike had led him on a project inspection around Port Harcourt, the state capital on Thursday, February 18.
Jerrywright Ukwu is a senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng based in Abuja. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.