From Bayo Oyewale, Lokoja
The former presidential candidate of Progressive People’s Alliance and former governor of Abia State, Dr.Orji Uzor Kalu has condemned Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose over uncomplimentary utterances on the health challenges of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Kalu urged Fayose to focus his criticism on performance and not the personality of the president, adding that the latter should redirect his energy on good governance.
Kalu made the disclosure as Guest Speaker while delivering a paper titled: ‘Mainstreaming Igbo in Nigeria,’ during the inauguration of Igbo Support Group for Governor Yahaya Bello at Imperial Mafquee and Event Centre in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital at the weekend.
The former governor also berated Fayose for a statement credited to him where he said the former (Kalu) was deceiving the Igbos for defecting to APC.
Despite the condemnation, Kalu however said Fayose remains his friend as they were together in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“If PDP is a company I will be 90 per cent shareholder, I left to join mainstream politics. Is it when I remain in opposition that I will help my Igbo people? I left PDP to ensure that Igbos are adequately represented and take their rightful position in the scheme of things in Nigeria.
“Fayose should endeavour to show the people of Ekiti the essence of good governance rather than engaging himself on unnecessary criticism of Mr President and others perceived as arch enemies,” he added.
The Abia-born politician noted that he once engaged ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo while in office as governor, adding that he criticised him on the issues of third term agenda and road construction in the East.
“I never attacked the personality of the former president Obasanjo like Fayose always drag the name of President Buhari to mud, particularly his health related issues,” he stated.