- By Peter Eze
In what could be described as a week of final royal blessings and support for the former governor of Abia state and the senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Abia North, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu on Sunday, received special endorsement of traditional rulers in Igbere, Bende Local Government Area of the state.
The monarchs, who honoured Kalu when his campaign trail arrived their communities described him as their most illustrious son, adding that his election is personal to them.
Addressing Amankalu autonomous community in their large numbers, the traditional ruler, His Royal Highness Eze Charles Iheke said his current status and position was obtained through Kalu. He explained that his People’s excitement on the sight of Kalu is because “Kalu’s greatness and good work has brought glory to Igbere.”
According to him, “My kingdom was built in February 2000 when Orji Uzor was governor. From the time he was governor, he has been very friendly and close with us. He visits us and we have continued to have a robust relationship. He is the Ahaejiejemba of Igbere and we are so proud of him because of the goodwill his name has brought to us .
“Your election is our election and we are taking it personal.We can’t thank you enough for what you did for us and what you are still doing . Our blessings and that of entire Abians are with you. We know where you are going and we are ready to walk the journey with you. May the land of Igbere rise against any soul that refuses to see what we have seen in you. May the land reject anyone that stands against what we all stand for.” The monarch stated
Similarly, the traditional ruler of Ibinukwu autonomous community, His Royal Highness, Eze Samson Ayanta in his address expressed special and unapologetic support for Kalu. He said the people of Igbere “remain bonded and grateful for their son”
Recall that the Igbere monarchs has recently gone hard on Kalu’s detractors whom they referred to as agents of wickedness. The traditional ruler of Amaofufe Autonomous community of Igbere Abia State, His Royal Highness, Eze Uwakwe Omiiko Ukaegbu had on Saturday invoked death on anyone working against Kalu’s senatorial ambition
He told his community people who came out enmasse to declare support for Kalu that enemies’ hard work to cause confusion in Igbere is a waste of time because Igbere people are full of love for Kalu.
According to Eze Iheke, “Kalu’s sterling performance as governor gives him automatic right to vie for any position in Nigeria. The sheer number of your fans trooping out for your ward to ward meetings in Abia North is a clear indication that the people hold you and your works in highest regards.
The Monarch lauded Kalu for what he noted were his giant strides in education, economic and agricultural revolution, as well as the attraction of projects in each council area of Abia state when he was governor.
“We own Igbere, we own Abia North, we own Abia State , Dr Orji Uzor Kalu will win his election and his friend president Buhari will also win in Jesus name. We thank you for this-opportunity to interface with you and rub on how to move Abia forward. The large number of genuine people attending your ward to ward meetings, represents how much you mean to the people of Abia and we are very proud of you.
“Your educational, economic, agricultural drive and revolution in the state is legendary as you ensured free education, free medical and timely payments of salaries and pensions.“ He stated