Following the invectives used by Senator representing Abia North and a former Governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, Kalu on the Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, in the course of the campaigns for the Aba North/Aba South Federal Constituency election, Orji Uzor Kalu has apologised to the Governor saying “In the spirit of Lent, I realise I shouldn’t have gone as far as I did”.
Kalu who said he regretted his utterances against Ikpeazu said “election is not war and should not be allowed to degenerate to the level it did.
“I think the issue was triggered by the fact that I fielded my younger brother as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at tomorrow’s election which of course did not go down well with indigenes of Aba North/Aba South who have never been given the opportunity to represent their constituency for the past 22 years.
“But I didn’t just wake up to do it. I had to bring my younger brother, though not from Aba, to come and contest the election in Aba because, in retrospect, I thought I should use him to correct the lack of quality representation another of my younger brother, Nnanna gave the people of Aba when I also brought him all the way from Igbere to represent the people of Aba for eight years from 2003 – 2011.
“So now, after some reflections, I realise that I made grave mistakes that make even APC leaders in Abia State to be so unhappy that most of them refused to join our campaign train while others are openly campaigning for the PDP even though we belong to the same APC”, he said.
Continuing, the former Governor who regretted that he allowed many of such situations to get to him to the extent that he felt frustrated and “lost it in anger”, said he feared for his political future if he did not make peace with Governor Okezie Ikpeazu
“I hereby apologise to the Governor of Abia State, who as Governor, is the leader of the State and should be accorded optimum respect, election or no election. If I were in his shoes, I’m not sure I’ll condone even a quarter of what I’ve unfairly dished out to him in recent days. He is a gentleman and I pray, that as a fellow Christian, he finds a place in his heart to forgive me.
“I am sorry”, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu concluded.