Hounded by EFCC, Orji Kalu jumps to APC
Former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzo Kalu, on Wednesday formally pitched political tent with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in what many political observers perceive is a smart attempt to seek protection from alleged criminal prosecution.
The move ends months of speculation over his political career which has been heavily weighed down by the burden of judicial distractions spanning almost 10 years.
Kalu had earlier on Tuesday resigned his membership of Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA), a party he helped form in 2006. In doing so, he said, “It is with a heavy heart, full of precious memories, profound appreciation and goodwill that I write to inform you of my decision to quit my membership of the PPA.
“…I gave to the PPA and that struggle the better part of my political life and the time has come for me to say thank you for the opportunity to have served a worthy cause, and to have been your flag bearer as candidate for the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
Kalu’s declaration for APC took place at the party headquarters in Abuja where he was welcomed by the National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, alongside other APC chieftains.
The former governor had faced an uncertain political future many years after leaving office with a string of allegations of corruption heaped on him.
His travails began in July 2007 when the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arraigned him before an Abuja High Court on a 107-count charge of money laundering, official corruption and criminal diversion of public funds totaling N5 billion. Ever since, he has been in and out of the courts failing abysmally to stop EFCC’s prosecution.
Kalu, once a political heavy weight in Abia, has seen his political fortunes dip significantly, even failing to plot his way back to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2015. Frustrated, he left for PPA, the party he founded, to contest in the Abia North Senatorial poll which he lost.
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November 16, 2016 at 4:56 pm
You have to be wise in Nigerian politics. Kalu has taken the right way so he can have soft spot with the Efcc . what a wisdom!
November 16, 2016 at 6:10 pm
2019 will be a political scenario to watch. God will spare our lives till then. APC will suffer big defeat in 2019 to small political parties. But buhari will still win his presidency if he contests. This is the plain wisdom.
November 17, 2016 at 6:05 am
Even if na juju buhari use he can never win 2019 election that i know my God has sign. If God want trump to win in American that means he want buhari out of the way so use your head
November 16, 2016 at 6:23 pm
APC is gradually killing other political parties by forcing their key members to join APC through “EFCC Terror”
November 17, 2016 at 5:57 am
What ever APC like let them do PDP still remain the party for all PDP still remain the heart of Nigeria
November 16, 2016 at 6:26 pm
This may seem like a smart move today, but, soon, we’d all realize APC is trying to be the only existing party in Nigeria by using EFCC against notable politicians
November 16, 2016 at 7:36 pm
It’s now obvious that all members of APC can get away with all crimes and escape EFCC’s arrest. We need to think twice, APC isn’t the right party of Nigerians.
November 17, 2016 at 5:50 am
How do you know they are not the right party in Nigeria because i know they are better than PDP
November 16, 2016 at 10:54 pm
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