Former Acting governor of Abia State, Rt. Hon. Stanley Ugochukwu Ohajuruka has counseled the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejocha to take the path of honour and peace and allow the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Benjamin Okezie Kalu to work for Nigerians.
Ohajuruka who spoke with journalists in Abuja on Wednesday said that the distractions brewing up between both leaders was unnecessary, describing it as ill wind that blows no one any good.
Ohajuruka who was also a two time former Speaker of the Abia State House of Assembly and former member, House of Representatives who Representatives who represented Ikwuano/Umuahia Federal Constituency of the State said that Kalu has the support of Abia people, Ndi Igbo and indeed, Nigerians from all works of life.
The former parliamentarian who expressed gratitude to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for giving Ndi Igbo an opportunity to be part of the political hierarchy in the country assured him that Kalu will not fail Nigerians.
He lambasted the organizers of the Tuesday press conference that accused Kalu of championing the campaign of calumny against Onyejocha, warning them against creating tension in Abia State.
He charged Onyejocha to face her job of helping the President to create jobs for the teeming unemployed youths of the country just as Kalu was doing through legislative interventions at the National Assembly.
He called on Ndi Igbo and Nigerians to rally round Kalu to succeed in his new assignment of assisting the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Tajudeen Abbas.
He said: “It has come to our attention the public display of arrogance of some very disgruntled persons who in recent times tried to bring the name of our deputy speaker and the leader of APC in Abia State to public disrepute and dishonor. And I as a former speaker, former parliamentarian, former Acting governor and former member of the Federal House of Representatives and the leader of APC who believes in the peace and sanctity of progress in Abia, some of us cannot stand by and watch some of these very disgruntled non Abians bring our deputy speaker who has been found very, very competent to lead in the second position in the National Assembly, Federal House of Representatives.
“He has never been found wanting. And before I proceed, like we keep saying, we thank Mr. President, Bola Ahmed Tinubi and we’ll continue to be loyal to him for finding this young man very worthy.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the deputy speaker is the only the only member of the House of Representatives who won election on the platform of APC in Abia State. And he didn’t win that election for nothing and his constituency gave this President the highest number of votes. With all the displeasure of Ndi Igbo, this young stood by Mr. President.
“He was a laughing stock but he stood by him and him alone and now he’s been rewarded based on sterling qualities and some faceless individuals. And now, some persons are trying to cause a crisis where there is none. I consider these persons as faceless because they are non Abians.
“For the avoidance of doubt, there is no crisis here. There is no dispute between the deputy speaker and the Minister of State for labour and employment, Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejocha.
“At every forum, the Deputy Speaker tells everyone to respect her, work with her and not to do anything that will show displeasure.
” During her inauguration, this deputy speaker was there with all of us. He attended her inauguration and in all his public speakings, he encourages everyone to respect the person of the Minister of State for labour.
“So, he has at no time asked anyone to work against the Minister of Labour. So, for people to go around and try to create unnecessary tension where there is none; on behalf of this very modest young man, this very innocent young man, they should allow him do his job.
Let them allow him do his job. He’s very amiable. Nigerians are very happy with him. Abians are very happy with him. We will we will hold him in very high honour. They should allow him to work.
“People should not all stop all these shenanigans and stop gathering people trying to create tension. Which president? The president is alive. Anybody who claims he told the President anything, should be man enough to go and ask Mr. President if this innocent young men ever went to him and told him anything.
“This deputy speaker does not even remember and does not bear any grudge against anybody. He doesn’t think about evil about anyone, doesn’t know if any of them exists, doesn’t think about anybody.
“All he thinks about is how do we help the President? Hia thinking is that everybody, all of us, all hands must be on deck.
“Recently, the Deputy speaker asked all of us to go home and begin to work and mobilize people to begin to change their their perception about the presidency. And that’s what we are doing right now, talking to our people.
“They should allow this man to achieve the purpose he was chosen to serve in that honor. Mr. President and his colleagues know why they chose him. And he will not fail and we will not allow him to fail and nobody is going to make him fail. We will keep working.
“Members of APC in Abia will work with him to ensure that the next election, APC will win Abia. That’s what we are assuring everybody.
“So, nobody should go about trying to create a semblance of crisis where there is none.
“While we appreciate Mr. President for making our sister minister, I advice to focus on her job of assisting the government to create job for Nigerians instead of fighting a lost battle.
“My word of admonition is that we now have a President. This president gave us a Deputy Speaker even when we did not vote for him. It shows that he loves Ndi Igbo and within the Igbo, he gave us the finest and the most competent to serve as deputy speaker because he knows he will not fail.
“So, my admonition to Ndi Igbo is to support this young man to succeed for all of us to join hands to work for the unity and progress of Nigeria, for the sustenance of our democracy for peace, progress and tranquility in our state and to support the government of the day. That’s my admonition to them”.