A former governorship candidate on the platform of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in Abia State, Prince Paul Ikonne, has advised Chief Orji Uzor Kalu not to scare people away from the All Progressives Congress (APC) because of his style of leadership.
The APC chieftain, who spoke with journalists yesterday in Abuja, said the alleged wrong foundation laid by the former governor had taken the state 16 years backward.
Prince Ikonne, who said 95 per cent of the people of Abia were not happy with the way Kalu governed for eight years, faulted the ex-governor’s comment on the date for the return of President Muhammadu Buhari who had been away on medical vacation in the United Kingdom.
“If Abia is backward, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu laid the foundation; he laid a very wrong foundation for Abia State and should not be making statements that are false.
“My advice to him will be to keep quiet, be in a sober mood, go in for retreat and try as much as he can to build a path of peace. He should embark on a mission to reconcile everybody.
“I witnessed a situation where elders knelt down for Kalu to do the right things in Abia, yet he didn’t do them. He should not scare people away from APC with his style of leadership because we need a strong APC in Abia State.
“Last time, the same Dr. Kalu told Nigerians that President Buhari would return soon, and he is not the spokesman of the president. Till now, the president is yet to return; these are not the characters we need. He should keep quiet and learn to live like an elder statesman,” he added.
He described as “ignorance,” the call for the boycott of the Anambra governorship election by leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.