“Deputy Speaker Benjamin Kalu Denies Involvement in Smear Campaign Against Minister Onyejiocha”

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Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Benjamin Kalu, has distanced himself from the alleged smear campaign against the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Hon. Nkiriuka Onyejiocha. In a statement issued by his chief press secretary, Levinus Nwabughiogu, Kalu responded to the allegations made during a press conference by Usman Shuaibu, the national coordinator of the Progressive League of APC Youth Voters.

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Kalu emphasized his strong and healthy relationship with Onyejiocha, describing her as both a sister and a valuable partner in the All Progressives Congress (APC) government. He noted that he felt compelled to address the issue to protect the public from potentially being misled by baseless accusations.

The Deputy Speaker suggested that the press conference may have been misguided and conducted without the consent of the minister, who could be embarrassed by the allegations. He expressed concern that Onyejiocha had not yet disassociated herself from the press conference, which raises questions about her involvement.

The statement clarified that, apart from issues related to the collective interests of Abia State or national matters within the APC, Kalu and Onyejiocha do not share a direct political affiliation. They come from different political constituencies, making it unreasonable to engage in a political feud.

Kalu’s primary focus is on bringing about a new paradigm shift in political leadership, particularly concerning youth engagement. Additionally, while Onyejiocha serves in the executive branch as a minister, Kalu is dedicated to legislative duties in the National Assembly.

The statement concluded that the Deputy Speaker’s office considers the allegations a false alarm and a deliberate attempt to create discord between a brother and his sister. It reminded that Kalu has consistently sought support for Onyejiocha.

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