Umuahia — THE raging altercation between the Abia State House of Assembly and the state Executive Forum on one side and the former governor of the state, Chief Orji Kalu, on the other, deepened yesterday, when the commissioners denied a statement credited to the former governor to the effect that they were not getting enough funding from the government.
The forum in a statement by its chairman and state Attorney General, Chief Ume Kalu, said: "Each member of the executive forum enjoys unprecedented job satisfaction arising from his or her appointment as the conditions of service prevalent in Governor Theodore Orji's administration are incomparable to what obtained during the eight dark years of Kalu's discriminatory and exploitative rule in the state.
"Apart from the paraphernalia of office, exco forum members are certainly and obviously proud to serve in Governor Orji's government as it has proved to be driven by the passion to transform the state holistically.
"Political appointees serving under Governor Orji hold the governor in very high esteem for many reasons; including not demanding any bribe from them or subjecting them to any sort of oath-taking before being appointed."
They, however, asked the former governor to apologise to it and to retract the said statement.