The former governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzo Kalu has described former President Olusegun Obasanjo, as the worst leader ever produced in the country since the advent of democracy in 1999.
The former governor made the statements at a lecture on youths empowerment and good governance at the University of Nigeria Nsukka, UNN, Tuesday, where he alleged that there was no transparency in government through out the eight years of Obasanjo’s regime.
The two time governor of Abia said, the face-off with him and Obasanjo started in 1999 when he single handedly financed the People Democratic Party, PDP, lending the party N500 million which he borrowed from the defunct Hallmark bank, but which the former president asked the then PDP National Chairman, Chief Barnabas Gamade not repay.
Kalu said, ”As if that was not enough, the former president closed Slok Airlines (owned by me) as it landed at the Akanu Ibiam International (then Enugu) Airport without explanation; shut down Hallmark bank. It was then that I know the problem had begun,”
According to him, re-payment of the N500 million loan formed the major reason for his disagreement with Obasanjo till date, pointing out that he was arrested by Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, immediately he stepped out of office and charged with money laundering before both the United kingdom and America came to his rescue.
Kalu pointed out that despite all the setbacks faced by the Slok Group of Companies, it had no fewer than 13,000 in it’s pay roll and planned to employ up to 25,000 Nigerians within the next two years.