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Orji Kalu: I went through hell for stopping Obasanjo's third term ambition


The former Abia State governor, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu has narrated what he went through while trying to stop the former President Olusegun Obasanjo's third term ambition in 2007.
Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu
The business mogul revealed this while condoling with the family of late former governor of Niger state, Engineer Abdullahi Kure.

He revealed that the late former governor would be remembered for the role he played in ensuring that the third term ambition of former President Olusegun Obasanjo did not succeed.


“It was Kure, my humble self and Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu who stood our ground then that the third term agenda must not succeed. We went through hell in the hands of the State Security Service (SSS),” Kalu said.

The former Abia governor, who spoke in Minna, yesterday, shortly after paying a condolence visit to Kure’s family said that role ensured the survival of democracy in Nigeria.

“Without that fight against third term, there wouldn’t have been President Goodluck Jonathan and President Muhammadu Buhari today. Kure was our arrowhead in killing third term, and he will be remembered for that role we all played.

“But, I paid dearly for the fight against third term; they grounded all my businesses, including Slok Airline and Hallmark Bank, in the fight for the survival of democracy.


“We were prevented from holding our meeting everywhere we went. At a point, they even sealed off Niger State Governor’s Lodge and we took it to Abia State Governor’s Lodge, in Abuja,” he recalled.

Kalu said many Nigerians did not know what happened during the third term, and added that “people continue to deny that there was nothing like third term, but, I can tell you there was serious plan for third term; money exchanged hands and we fought them.”

Speaking further on the unity of the country, Kalu said no country fights two civil wars and survives and therefore, warned that there must be peace at whatever cost.

He described as unfortunate, the killings in Southern Kaduna, stressing that Nigerians should not be killing Nigerians because “we have no country than Nigeria”.


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