Former Abia State governor, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu, has declared his return to the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, and added that “there is no going back.” This is even as protests by the state government and state chapter of the party greeted his announcement.
In his reaction, chairman of the PDP in Abia state, Chief Emma Nwaka, dismissed the former governor’s claim, saying that he had not been re-admitted into the PDP in the state.
Nwaka noted that the card which Kalu claimed was issued to him by the ward leadership of the party is fake as according to him, the entire executive of the party’s ward A and B in Igbere, Kalu’s home town, resigned on January 10. He also added that Igbere cards bear numbers which begin in the series of 95…, not 97…given to Kalu.
But the former governor has dismissed Nwaka’s position as “laughable”.
He said: “ I am back to PDP and there is no going back. I said that I will not come back to the party if Chief [Olusegun] Obasanjo is the BoT chairman. Now he is out, I am back and other founding members of the party are coming back. We founded the party in 1978. And all the founding members have met and decided to come back and take over the party, and there is nothing holding us back.
“ How can the whole executive of two wards resign? What was the reason they gave for resigning. They are deceiving the people and that deceit must stop. You cannot dissolve the ward executives and said they resigned. Emma Nwaka should take time. He is not the owner of PDP. We have come back to take over our party”.
“I am back to the state to fix it, not with propaganda. I am back to fix it and develop it. I am back to the party. It is either the right things are done or they face party disciplinary actions or leave the party. All the founding members of PDP have met and decided to take over the party and move it forward”, Kalu said “and to mobilize all the aggrieved members of the party to return to the party”.