Dr Orji Uzor Kalu, weekend, said he could resign from the Senate because he spends his private money to make up a lot of things while serving the people.
Kalu is a former governor of Abia State, and presently the chief whip of the Senate. He made the declaration on his Facebook page.
He advised people against peddling rumours that he joined politics to make money.
According to him, “People should stop entertaining the blackmails that money is OUK’s motivating factor in politics. If it’s actually about money as propagated, then I already have all I would ever need.
“While I was governor, I never bought a new home. I have lost more money being into politics. I took over from a military administrator and those who knew the condition of Abia before 1999 will have a better understanding of the level of work we did before leaving government in 2007.
“After I left as governor, I stayed away from politics for 12 years. I returned to politics in 2019 when it was obvious the zone was going into trenches and for the sake of the people. Meanwhile, my return to politics has paid off for the Abia North zone beyond expectations.
“As of today, I can decide to even resign as a senator because I spend my private money to make up a lot of things while serving the people.
“Nigeria is unfortunately a country where people who have done no business except holding public offices are hailed while those who have worked hard all their lives, creating wealth and employing people are called names.
“Imagine expecting a man who bankrolled PDP in 1998 with five hundred million naira, and one hundred million naira to the presidential candidate of the party to be hungry!”
He recalled in 1982 when he bought the then latest Mercedes Benz, and how some people rumoured that he was into money rituals.
Quoting him, “In 1982 when I bought the latest Mercedes car (the then President Shehu Shagari was the only Nigerian using the same car as at that time), I recall that whenever I drove the car some would look at it with admiration while a few were spreading rumours that I was into money rituals.
“Unfortunately things haven’t changed much today. People still think that you wake up and make money without working for it.
“I became an employer of labour at an early age, and have steadily continued to be. I have worked hard all my life and the best you can do is to study people and try to be better than them.”