Orji Uzor Kalu, who was the former governor of Abia state, has revealed that former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo punished him because he did not support his third term bid.
The former governor made this known in an interview with Daily Independent, as he said the former president ordered withdrawal of license of his companies � Hallmark Bank and Slok Airline.
He said: �The 9,000 workers I mentioned are all here in Nigeria and we could have been a larger group if Hallmark Bank was not closed and its license withdrawn.
�A bank with 5,000 workers and 33 branches and someone cancelled the license in one day for political reasons and that takes us to where we are now in Africa. Somebody cancelled the license of an airline with 14 aircraft in a day and nobody asked questions.
�How do you convince people to come and invest in your country when a president (Obasanjo) can wake up and order the Central Bank and the Ministry of Aviation to cancel licenses without due process? I am in court with the Federal Government. So, I won’t dwell more on the issue.
�The whole process was totally flawed. There was no offense committed, just because we disagreed on third term and that was the price I paid. It was uncalled for to take such action without considering the many families that would be affected.
�So, these are the major factors that discourage investors from having long term businesses in the country. When politicians quarrel in America, they quarrel as politicians, they don’t go about attacking each other’s businesses.
�They talk about politics face to face; they agree and disagree; they quarrel based on politics and they agree and disagree on issues. These are what our political leaders engaged in which is not fair at all. They should not channel their grievances to businesses which people make their living from.”
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