30 January 2013

Nigeria: South-East PDP Disowns Kalu

The zonal leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South-east yesterday joined the fray over the readmission claim by the former governor of Abia State, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu, saying that he is unknown to the zone as a member of the party.

National Vice-Chairman of PDP, Col Austin Akobundu (rtd), made the clarification in statement made available to journalists in Umuahia following the controversy generated by Kalu when he asserted two weeks ago that he had rejoined PDP at his Igbere Ward A.

The South-east PDP leader said that the zone had already sent its report on the issue to the national leadership of the party reaffirming its position that not only is the former Abia governor not readmitted, the party in the zone has no plans to welcome him back.

According to the PDP zonal chairman, there is enough reason for the party to believe that the founder of PPA "is a paid agent of a presidential aspirant whose mandate is to destabilise the party in the South-east zone."

He insisted that Kalu's attempt to rejoin PDP has been roundly rejected by his ward, local government and state chapters of the party.

Akobundu further explained that investigations by the zonal leadership have revealed that the former PPA presidential candidate in his futile and desperate attempt to rejoin PDP was deceived by some ex officers of the party to believe that they could bring him back.

He therefore stated that the purported readmission of Kalu was in contravention of Article 8, section 8 of the constitution of the PDP (as amended) hence it was void ab initio.

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