UPDATE: Ben Kalu Reacts To Allegation Of Anti-Party Activities

UPDATE: Ben Kalu Reacts To Allegation Of Anti-Party Activities

by Victor Ndubuisi
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Benjamin Okezie Kalu, the deputy speaker of the house of representatives, has claimed he is too busy to engage in anti-party operations against anyone.

According to Anaedoonline.ng, Usman Shuaibu, the National Coordinator of the Progressive League of All Progressives Congress (APC) Youth, charged Kalu of anti-party activities during a press briefing yesterday.

In the most recent presidential election, Shuaibu charged Kalu with working against the APC under the pretext of religious and ethnic passion and lowering the party’s margin of victory.

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The coordinator of the group further charged that the deputy speaker was conspiring against Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, the minister of state for labour and productivity.

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He said the deputy speaker shouldn’t be concerned about the progress Onyejeocha has made, even if he hasn’t returned to the lower house of parliament.

Therefore, before Kalu totally destroys the party in Abia state, Shaibu asked the party’s national leadership to summon Kalu to order.

But in reaction, Kalu alleged that the accusation was a hoax and a calculated scheme to drive a wedge between him and Onyejeocha.

In a statement released on Tuesday by Levinus Nwabughiogu, his chief press secretary, the deputy speaker said he was too preoccupied with tasks to take part in any slanderous campaign against Onyejeocha.

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Kalu clarified that he views Onyejeocha as a partner in government because there is no political animosity between them.

The legislator claimed that even before Onyejiocha was ordained, he had seized every chance to urge the Abia APC leaders to unite behind her.

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When it came to the legal struggle that resulted in his triumph at the Court of Appeal, which upheld his electoral mandate after LP and AA fought valiantly to overturn it, Kalu urged the minister to come honest rather than harbour any resentment towards him.

He said that he would not submit to cowardice or any other kind of servitude, nor would he tolerate being blatantly or surreptitiously sidetracked from his work by someone demanding for his sanction in whatever guise.

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“But the fact that Onyejiocha has not yet dissociated herself from the press conference leaves a huge worry and casts aspersions on her person as to what manner of a minister would be creating an impression of someone deliberately courting trouble where none exists.

“From what is conceivably right and true Onyejiocha is a sister whose integrity would be brutally assaulted by a group that chooses to drag her name to raising false accusations,” he said.

 

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