Chief Orji Uzor Kalu
More road blocks were Wednesday created for the former governor of Abia State, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu, on his way to return to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as stakeholders of the party in his Bende local government resolved not to readmit him.
The move to block Kalu at the grassroots level along with others said to be carrying “virus that can cause disunity,” was necessitated by the provision of the party’s constitution which required prospective members to commence registration process at the ward level.
Kalu became Abia governor in 1999 on the platform of the PDP but left the party midway in his second tenure and founded the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) and became its presidential flag bearer in the 2007 general election.
At the stakeholders’ meeting held at the Bende local government headquarters of the PDP, the stakeholders resolved in a voice vote that Kalu and his co-travellers should not be allowed back into the party.
Consequently all ward chairmen were warned to be vigilant and screen anybody intending to come into the party and if in doubt cross-check with the leadership at both the local government and state levels.
The chairman of PDP in Bende, Chief Ihendu Boniface Eke, had told the stakeholders that the meeting was convened “to discuss those who had left our party and sabotaged the party but now want to come back with the same diseases they left with.
“Some people had left the party with different diseases and we don’t want them to come back with those diseases and it has become necessary for us to screen them to verify if they still carry the diseases to ensure that our members are not infected,” he said.
Speaking with journalists at the end of the meeting, Eke explained that Kalu had already been barred from coming back into PDP in his Igbere Ward, adding that stakeholders at the local government level had to take a resolution to back members in Igbere ward.
He said rumours had been rife that Kalu had re-joined PDP at the national level sidestepping his ward hence the need to checkmate such move because “we will not accept anybody who goes to Abuja or Umuahia to be registered as a member of PDP in Bende local government.”
The party chairman said they were determined to block every possible door or window through which Kalu and his likes intend to return to PDP, insisting that “if he (Kalu) comes back, he still has some virus of disunity which he can infect other members of the party with.”
The enlarged caucus of PDP in Abia State had at its meting in Umuahia last Sunday alluded to the issue of Kalu’s come back bid with the state party chairman, Senator Emma Nwaka, declaring that the party leadership had been “very careful in our assessment of those we open our doors.” According to him, such divisive and unwanted elements “may rupture the peace we enjoy and by extension, jeopardise our ability to deliver.”