A former governor of Abia State and Abia-North Senator-elect, Orji Kalu has declared that he will settle the rift between the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bolaji Asiwaju Tinubu.
Kalu stated this while fielding questions from journalists in Johannesburg, South Africa, during the endorsement of the country’s African National Congress, ANC.
He noted that politics should not cause disharmony between friends and families.
The former governor called on the two political heavyweights to sheathe their swords in the interest of Nigeria’s nascent democracy.
He said, “I am sad over the exchange of words between my dear brothers, Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
“The duo of Saraki and Tinubu have contributed immensely to nation building in different capacities.
“Having known the duo of Saraki and Tinubu for decades, I am not comfortable with the media war. As a mutual friend to both parties, it is my responsibility to intervene in the rift for the sake of friendship.
“We cannot watch these accomplished and celebrated Nigerians allow politics to cause disaffection between them.
“Many years ago, I settled the rift between President Muhammadu Buhari and General Ibrahim Babangida, Chief Odimegwu Ojukwu and Dr. Alex Ekwueme and many others. Saraki and Tinubu will settle their differences in no distant time.”
Kalu, who was in the company of his wife, Ifunanya, admonished politicians to embrace constructive criticisms.
The event held at the ANC Pavilion in South Africa was attended by former South African president Thabo Mbeki, chairman of ANC and premier of Gauteng, David Makhura, Chief Daniel Okeke, Prince Flavian Enwezoh and others.