Leadership (Abuja)

19 January 2013

Nigeria: Kalu Rejoins PDP As Party Sacks Ward Executive

Former Abia State governor, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu, has returned to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), a party he co-founded in 1998.

Kalu made his decision to return to the party known on Thursday in his country home at Igbere, Bende Local Government Area of Abia State.

Kalu, who addressed a crowd at the event, said he decided to accept the hands of fellowship extended to him by the PDP in Wards A and B in Igbere.

He said the appeal of the PDP members in Wards A and B in Igbere and the subsequent presentation to him of a membership card with number 9787945 by the chairman of Ward A, Joseph Chika, touched him so much that he decided to return.

Chika had, on January 16, 2013 presented Kalu with the PDP membership card.

Kalu, during the acceptance of the invitation to return to the PDP, charged and called on party men and women to remain committed to the party by burying their differences in the interest of the party and Nigeria.

He noted that in politics, there will be differences but what matters most is the way they are managed.

He commended the reconciliation efforts of the national chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Bamangar Tukur and his executive, describing it as a positive strategy that will not only strengthen internal democracy but will take the party to greater heights.

He noted that as one of the founding fathers of the party, he is happy to return to his "family house," and assured the people of his commitment, support and dedication to party affairs at all levels.

He advised all party loyalists to join hands together to add value to the party individually and collectively.

Sequel to this development, the state chapter of the PDP, on Thursday announced the dissolution of the Executive Council of Wards A and B of Igbere, Bende Local Government Area of Abia State.

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