Ekiti government rejects Kalu’s peace advocacy visit
You Can’t Stop Him From Coming To Ekiti, APC Tells Fayose
The planned visit by former Abia State governor, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, to Ekiti State has been rejected by the state government, which advised the former governor to take his advocacy for peace to parts of the country, where security of lives and properties are under threat.
Kalu, who is acting as the Chairman, Advisory Board for the National Movement for Re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari, has embarked on a tour of the Southwest to advocate peace, fairness and unity of the country, with a view to rallying support for the President’s second term bid in 2019.
However, Ekiti State government said in a statement, yesterday, by the Special Assistant to the governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, that “There is no threat to peace and unity of Nigeria from Ekiti State for anyone, including Orji Kalu to address. Therefore, he should not expect to be welcomed to any palace in Ekiti State.”
The government urged traditional rulers in the state to ignore the former Abia State governor, saying: “it is an insult on the collective sensibilities of Ekiti people, whose only benefit from the government of President Buhari is hardship occasioned by the government’s cluelessness for anyone to hide under advocacy for peace to canvass support for the President.”
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ekiti State Chapter, disagreed with Ekiti State government that former Abia State governor, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, is not welcome in the state, saying government cannot prevent him from visiting as a citizen.
The APC Publicity Secretary, Mr. Taiwo Olatunbosun, said as a citizen, whose freedom of movement and association is guaranteed by the 1999 constitution, no government can prevent Kalu from coming to Ekiti State.He said: “We should not read political meaning into everything. Peace is good for every society. Kalu is for peace, so he is welcome in Ekiti.”
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