A former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Uzor Kalu, has described his successor, Chief Theodore Orji, as “a political neophyte” despite attempts to intimidate him (Kalu).
Kalu, in a statement on Sunday, said the recent move by Orji to “revoke” his Bachelor’s degrees certificate, obtained from the Abia State University, was the latest in the “failed attempts of Orji to silence him.”
He, however, said like previous attempts, the purported attempt to withdraw his certificate had also failed.
In the statement by his Special Adviser, Oyekunle Oyewumi, Kalu said Orji’s “intimidation of the Senate of ABSU” to withdraw his certificate did not invalidate the authenticity of the certificate.
The ex-governor said, “The move has only put to test the pedigree of the men and women who make up the Senate of the university, the credibility of the certificate issued by the school and brought to fore the warped nature of Orji.
“What the Senate of ABSU has done amounts to shifting the goal post after the goal has been scored.
“No one can deny the fact that His Excellency (Kalu) was in ABSU for lectures and examinations.
“And how do you withdraw a degree that has been duly awarded?
“And to think it is the same Senate that awarded it that is withdrawing it.”