Kalu returns to PDP, seeks internal democracy
FORMER Governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, yesterday returned to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with an olive branch asking for forgiveness just as he said he has forgiven those who offended him and sent him out of the party.
Kalu, who led the large delegation of Peoples Progressive Alliance (PPA) members to the national secretariat of the PDP in Abuja for the declaration, said he decided to quit PDP because the party at a point derailed from the ideals of its founding fathers.
Noting that he and some members, including the national chairman, Dr. Okweselieze Nwodo, were frustrated out of the party, Kalu, who until yesterday was the chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of PPA, disclosed that he had promised Nwodo that if he became chairman of PDP he would return to the party, adding that yesterday’s event was the fulfilment of the pledge.
He, however, reiterated that the only solution to the problem in the party is to allow internal democracy to prevail.
“As long as the party will submit itself to the rules that it has made, not when you send people to Gwagwalada to conduct primaries and the man that did not win election will be returned. It is not going to be good for the party. It is good for the party when popular people, with or without money, win the party nomination and be presented by the party”, he said.
Declaring that he is a child of circumstance, the former governor asked for forgiveness from those he had offended, declaring that he had forgiven those who offended him.
The national chairman of the party, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, commended Kalu for the step and assured him that there would be a significant improvement in the running of the party.