by Stanley Azuakola
It is not for nothing that lots of prominent — and not-so-prominent — politicians see the owning of a media house (newpaper/Tv/Radio) of their own as something of a necessity. The list of such proprietors run into scores. One prominent name on the list is Orji Uzor Kalu, the former governor of Abia, who owns The Sun newspaper.
In the papers this morning is a report on Kalu and his purported return to the PDP. While the ex-governor claims to have been issued a new PDP membership card, the Abia PDP has vehemently denied his claims.
And honestly, with the depth of the animosity between Kalu and his successor, Theodore Orji, it is hard to see any route back into the PDP for the former governor.
Most newspapers reported the story in a balanced manner, mentioning Kalu’s claim and the rebuttal by the PDP chairman in Bende local government area, Ihendu Eke, who said: “The PDP registration card serial number in Kalu’s ward is currently below 95 as against the 9787945 card number he claimed to have been issued. He may have been re-registered by fake officials with fake register.”
But if you read Kalu’s paper, The Sun, you would think he was the toast of the town, the beautiful bride being wooed by two virile gentlemen. According to the paper, even the PPA, the party Kalu founded but which later expelled him, came begging that the ex-governor returns “home.”
The paper reported that both the PDP and PPA pleas for Kalu to return came this week, but the ex-governor told them both that he just wasn’t ready for all that partisan parade for now, as he was only interested in “the repositioning of the Igbo people in Project Nigeria.”
How so so sweet!
I’ll like to believe that no Nigerian is dumb enough to believe that report. As 2015 politics gradually gains momentum, expect to see more of these antics from Kalu, who — everyone knows — intends to run for president in 2015 (he has declared), is desperately jostling for relevance and maybe a chance to be invited to the bargaining table pre-2015.
Read the full The Sun report below:
In a bid to have former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, back in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which he left in 2007 when he was deregistered, the leadership of the party has presented him a membership card.
This is coming at a time when leaders of the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) are also wooing Kalu to return to their fold. During a visit to Kalu, in his country home, on Wednesday, executives of the PDP, led by the chairmen of Ward A & B, Igbere, in Bende Local Government Area of Abia State, said it was time for Kalu to return to the party, which he helped found. They, therefore, issued him a membership card no. 9787945, which is a constitutional requirement to join the party.
Chairmen of PDP, Wards A and B, in Igbere, Joseph Chika and Amadi Gideon Kalu respectively, said Kalu had impacted positively on the lives of several persons that it would be impossible to forget him. They said the former governor’s goodwill and large heart had been felt by many members of the party, who craved his return to the party. Saying that Kalu’s decision to stay out of politics has been affecting the people negatively, Chika pleaded: “We urge you to come back to your home.”
He said Kalu was one of the few people that formed, nurtured and financed the PDP but was victimised out of the party by some selfish people. After the presentation of the membership card, Chika called on the National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, and his executives not to relent in their reconciliation moves to take the PDP to the Promised Land. In a related development, the leadership and members of the PPA in Wards A, B and C of Igbere also visited Kalu on Wednesday to woo him back to the party he left as the chairman of the Board of Trustees.
The Chairman of Ward A, Ikechukwu Abaegbu, called on Kalu to relaunch himself into partisan politics. Abaegbu noted that Kalu’s non-participation in party affairs has denied his people good governance at all levels. He stated that at a time like this, when the party is restructuring, “we will appreciate if you accept to rejoin our great party PPA.”
Kalu was later presented a PPA membership card of by Abaegbu. Responding to the PDP and PPA delegation at different times, Kalu thanked them for the courage and visits to woo him back to their parties. He, however, said he was not into partisan politics at present. He said his main focus is to ensure the repositioning of Igbo people in the Project Nigeria. He advised them to use their political platforms for the betterment of their people and promised to convey his decision on the acceptance of membership of either of the two parties to them in due course
– Whitewashed is periodic feature on The Scoop which shines the spotlight on the media and how issues are reported, with the purpose of spotting spins and motives from the fourth estate.