The Senate Chief Whip, Dr Orji Kalu has said he has lost more money being into politics even as a two term former governor of Abia State.
Senator Orji Kalu, a businessman cum politician said he became an employer of labour at early age and nothing has changed till date.
Senator Orji Uzor Kalu in his home in Washington DC, USA
Kalu who is holidaying in Washington DC, U.S.A, recalled when he bought his first car, a Mercedes Benz in 1982, the then Nigerian head of State, Shehu Shagari was the only Nigerian driving the same car at that time.
The Senator representing Abia North senatorial district berated critics that think money is the reason he is still into politics, stressing that even when he finished his two term as Abia State governor, he left politics for 12 years and came back to represent Abia North because the zone was lagging behind.
In a post on his verified Facebook page, Kalu said:
“In 1982 when I bought the latest Mercedes car (thle then President Shehu Shagari was the only Nigerian using the same car as at that time ), I recall that whenever I drove the car some would look at it with admiration while a few were spreading rumors that I was into money rituals 😂😂😂.
“Unfortunately things haven’t changed much today, people still think that you wake up and make money without working for it .
“People should stop entertaining the blackmails that money is OUK’s motivating factor in politics.. If it’s actually about money as propagated , then I already have all I would ever need .
“While I was Governor, I never bought a new home. I have lost more money being into politics. I took over from a military administrator and those who knew the condition of Abia before 1999 will have a better understanding of the level of work we did before leaving government in 2007.
“After I left as Governor, I stayed away from politics for 12 years. I returned to politics in 2019 when it was obvious the zone was going into trenches and for the sake of the people. Meanwhile, my return to politics has paid off for the Abia North zone beyond expectations.
“As of today, I can decide to even resign as a senator because I spend my private money to make up a lot of things while serving the people.
“Nigeria is unfortunately a country where people who have done no business except holding public office are hailed while those who have worked hard all their lives creating wealth and employing people are called names.
“Imagine expecting a man who bankrolled PDP in 1998 with five hundred million naira to the party and one hundred million naira to the presidential candidate of the party to be hungry?
“I became an employer of Labour at an early age and have steadily continued to be.I have worked hard all my life and the best you can do is to study people and try to be better than them . For the life we live is not for ourselves alone but for God and to then accommodate other people .