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The current senator representing Abia-South Senatorial District, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, has narrated how narrated his painful experiences whilst he served as Abia’s deputy Governor under Orji Uzor Kalu.
According to Abaribe, he survived three impeachment attempts as Deputy Governor as well as subjected to other inhuman treatments for refusing to be subservient to the powers that be.
In his book entitled, ‘Made in Aba‘, which will be launched in Abuja on March 1, 2021, Abaribe narrated he started having trouble with Orji Kalu when he failed to join the league of ‘Egusi‘ peelers that thronged his mother’s abode ‘for whatever reason’.
He said: ‘I lasted exactly three years and nine months in office, before I threw in the towel. The bumpy ride ended on 7th March 2003, when I finally resigned and switched parties.
‘The one tenure was characterized by three attempts at impeachment. The one thread that runs through them all is that government can make no error.
‘Once the idea stuck in the head of the chief executive, the person around him would leave no stone unturned to actualize the desired end.
‘The first attempt at impeaching me died on the floor of the House of Assembly, roundly defeated for the baseless shenanigan that it was.
‘The second attempt I survived by a hair’s breadth: by just one vote differential. The third, I did not bother to respond to.’
He said during his crisis with Orji Kalu, the then President Olusegun Obasanjo and Senate President, Dr. Chuba Okadigbo, intervened separately, but nothing came out of it.
Interestingly both Orji and Abaribe are members of the 9th senate although they belong to different political parties.
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