Former Governor of Abia state Orji Uzor Kalu has dared the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to arrest former president Olusegun Obasanjo for allegedly embezzling $16billion meant for the power sector.
Kalu stated this while speaking to journalists on arrival at a private hangar at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on Wednesday.
According to the former Abia governor, Obasanjo wants to control every sitting president and remain relevant for life.
Kalu said: “He brought corruption to government in 1999, Atiku who is good now, was bad to him before. No one is good to Obasanjo. He wants to remain relevant for life, this is his character. This same Obasanjo squandered over $16 billion on the power sector.”
“The EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Magu, should do his job and bring up all petitions written about Obasanjo. I challenge him to do so,” he added.
Zebra News had reported that Kalu had expressed his disapproval of the continued attack on President Muhammadu Buhari by Obasanjo.
Kalu, a former member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), knocked Obasanjo during the APC presidential rally held in Aba, Abia State, on Tuesday, January 29.
Obasanjo had earlier said last month that President Buhari was sick in the spirit, body and soul.
“Buhari is sick in the spirit, body and soul. Let’s beg him to go and rest. He has tried his best. Let give chance to another person,” he had said on 21 January.
“When people ask me what if the next person is not suitable, I tell them that is the beauty of democracy.”
But Kalu, while condemning Obasanjo’s attack on Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), chided the former Nigerian leader for trying to truncate the nation’s democracy with his third term agenda in 2007.
He alleged that Obasanjo brought corruption into Nigeria, an act he claimed had hindered the economic growth of the country till date.
“He should be regarded as a kettle that called a pot black because he was the one who institutionalized corruption in Nigeria,” Kalu said.
“Obasanjo is a man, who told everybody that he never wanted the third term, but, he wanted the third term. My problem with him was his third term agenda, he (Obasanjo) called me and the former Speaker, Ghali Umar N’Abba, that we should change the electoral bill.
“I signalled N’Abba in his room and I said, N’Abba, we cannot do this. Obasanjo turned himself to be a dictator. How can you compare Obasanjo and Buhari together? Is there any comparison? No.”
Kalu urged the people of Abia state to support Buhari as Nigeria prepares to go to polls on 16 February.
He also urged the people of the state to rally behind the APC governorship candidate in Abia, Uchechukwu Ogah.