The Chief Whip of the Senate and former Abia State Governor, Sen. Orji Kalu, has said that he will only support an aspirant that will work to develop the state, when elected.
Kalu said this on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, when a governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) visited him in his Camp Neya country home in Igbere, Bende Local Government Area of Abia.
He said that Atuma, who came to brief him about his aspiration, was the third aspirant to solicit his support.
He said, “I will only support an aspirant who is ready in spirit and conscience to develop the state and ensure that commerce and industry thrive.
“I will support anybody that will ensure that there is free education for children to go to school, pay workers’ salaries and build infrastructure. By this visit, you have demonstrated that you are running for governor.
“I will support you if you are better than other aspirants but if they are better than you, then I will support them. I wish you well and I know that if you become governor, you will do well,” Kalu said.
He advised the governorship hopeful to continue to consult with other stakeholders. He said he was hopeful that APC would choose the right candidate that has the capacity to win the election.
Earlier, Atuma said his visit was to inform Kalu about his ambition to become the next Abia governor. I have come to receive your approval and support to continue the good work you started when you were governor.
“I’m prepared in spirit and conscience to contest and win. I’m only seeking your approval, which is needed to ensure that the state is secure and given good direction and governance,” he said.
Atuma, who represented Ikwuano/Umuahia Federal Constituency from 1999 to 2003, described Kalu as the father of modern political order in Abia.
According to him, the former governor established the political order currently maintained in the state. He said that he had always admired Kalu’s political exploits and wanted to follow in his footsteps.
“My admiration for you has also inspired me to desire to become Abia governor. This is to enable me to continue with the legacies you left behind in terms of infrastructure development,” Atuma said.
He commended Kalu for attracting massive infrastructure development to his constituency.
“It is only in Abia North that you have developmental projects going on today in the entire state,” he said.
He hoped that APC would take over the state to be able to replicate a similar developmental stride in the entire state.
“Abia is now standing on a good pedestal today, having been connected to the centre and we should remain connected to be able to take the state to the next level,” Atuma said.
He was accompanied on the visit by chieftains of the party in the state, including a former Minority Leader in the House of Assembly, Chief Chidi Nwosu.