The Abia State Honourable Commissioner for Trade and Investment, Rt. Hon. Cosmos Ndukwe, has been described as an ‘hypocrite’ over alleged anti-party activities.
This was after Ndukwe, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party in Abia, on Thursday, played host to a former governor of the state and Senate Chief Whip, Dr. Orji Kalu, an All Progressives Congress senator.
The visit is raising eyebrows within the circles of the ruling PDP in Abia, who have given different political meanings to the visit, with rumours rife that the Commissioner may be on his way to the APC, having been seen in gatherings of the party of recent.
Giving more credence to the rumour is the recent defection of heavyweights of the PDP in Abia to the APC amidst rumours that the State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu is warming up to join the ruling party at the national level soon.
Meanwhile in reaction to the visit by Senator Kalu, newly elected Deputy Chairman of Bende local government council, Promise Uzoma Okoro, slammed Ndukwe for claiming the visit of the Abia-North Senator was on condolence ground.
He accused Ndukwe of attending a caucus meeting of the opposition APC in Bende, wondering why same Ndukwe should, in the past, attack the Abia Speaker over a similar "visit" to Orji Kalu.
In an article entitled, ‘Hypocrisy in Action’, circulated widely on social media, Friday, Okoro, a former media aide to Abia Assembly Speaker, Rt. Hon. (Engr.) Chinedum Orji, alias IKUKU, wrote;
“IKUKU visited OUK, you were not there but believed social media reports that he asked OUK to come and take over Abia.
“You didn't end in believing but went as far as insulting him in your Facebook wall.
“Yesterday, the same Orji Uzor Kalu visited you and when the photos came out, you are claiming that it was for condolences.
“Who is deceiving who?
“After visiting you, OUK took you to the home of Hon Benjamin Kalu representing Bende Federal Constituency, if it wasn't for politics, why did you also join APC caucus meeting in Bende Local Government last night?
“Many should apologise to Hon. Nnnenna Elendu Ukeje (ADABENDE) who despite all the manipulations against her in 2018 has remained in PDP.
“But see them today, they are afraid that nemesis is about catching up with them, they are defecting to APC.
“No Champion indeed reigns forever,” PUO concluded.
Efforts to obtain comment from the Trade and Investment Commissioner proved abortive. As at press time, all his known phone lines were switched off and SMS sent to his phones were yet to deliver or responded to.