A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara State, identified as Mallam Yakubu, has provoked a fresh controversy about President Bola Tinubu, describing him as a traitor.
In a viral video released on Thursday, Yakubu, a strong ally and supporter of Tinubu, recalled how the president reneged on his promise to make a former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, Senate President in the 9th National Assembly.
According to him, he was there in Kalu’s house when Tinubu made the political promise but later went deceitful to betray his friend and political ally and pitched the tent of Senate Presidency with Godswill Akpabio.
The Zamfara APC chieftain and ally of Tinubu said it was not too late for the president to do the needful by ensuring that Kalu becomes the Senate President.
He said, “I was opportune to be in the house of a former Governor of Abia state, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, when his Excellency, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, came into the house, and we all ate and drank.
“The Senator’s wife cooked for every one of us that day, we ate good food that day, and the President told him, ‘please do not run for President, go back to run for Senate, I will make you Senate President.’ Orji Kalu agreed, and he ran for Senate.
“And today, Mr President is not fulfilling that promise. Most of the financial crisis we are having today, it is only Senator Orji Uzo Kalu who has the capacity and the experience to negotiate with the international communities, to negotiate with the local investors, to negotiate with every stakeholder and make sure every challenge we are having today to come to an end.
“Kalu has done his part, Tinubu should pay him back, and the time for that Senate Presidency is now.
“Mr President needs somebody like Senator Orji Uzo Kalu; people think that as a young man, as a former governor, he has money, he cannot be controlled, and he is not going to be loyal.
“Senator Orji Uzo Kalu is a very loyal person that I have the opportunity to know very well; he is a very loyal person.”