- Senator Abaribe has berated Senator Uzor Kalu over the ‘gutter’ remarks he made against him
- Senator Kalu had attacked his colleague in the National Assembly, saying he picked him from the gutter
- Reacting, Senator Abaribe asked why Kalu was still in the gutter if indeed he picked him (Abaribe) from there
Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe has reacted to a derogatory statement made about him by the Senate Chief Whip, Orji Uzor Kalu.
Recall that Senator Kalu had said during a campaign of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that he picked Abaribe from the gutter and made him deputy governor.
The former Abia state governor also said Abaribe was shameless, alleging that the Abia South senator had nothing to show for the 16 years he had represented the senatorial district at the National Assembly.
However, in his reaction, Senator Abaribe said he was worried that Senator Kalu had refused to leave the gutter where he allegedly picked him, The Guardian reported.
“If Kalu said he picked me from the gutters, why is he still in the gutter? That is the question and I think the matter should end there."
On the allegations that he had not attracted any project to his constituency, Abaribe said it is his constituency that should be bothered about the quality of his representation, not Senator Kalu.
Both Kalu and Abaribe were elected in 1999 as governor and deputy governor respectively. However, their political romance did not last as Abaribe was impeached.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Senator Kalu recently declared that he is not ashamed of his six months stint in prison.
The senator was responding to comments credited to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu and Senator Abaribe who is 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.
In other news, Senate Abaribe has said President Muhammadu Buhari's lack of action has emboldened criminal herdsmen.
He stated that it was necessary for the president to openly condemn the activities of criminal herdsmen.
Nurudeen Lawal is a Legit.ng journalist passionate about fact-checking/verification journalism. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature-in-English from Obafemi Awolowo University. As Politics Editor, Nurudeen mostly writes on Nigeria’s political and socio-economic developments. He has attended different workshops, conferences and training on fact-checking and digital reporting, among others. Learn more about him on Twitter, @Nurudeen Lawal_