By Anayo Okoli
UMUAHIA—PEOPLES Democratic Party, PDP, stakeholders and leadership in Bende Local Government Area of Abia State have directed all its ward leaders in the council to reject any move by the former governor of the state, Chief Orji Kalu, to return to the party.
Rising from a meeting held at Bende town, the party’s chairman in the council, Mr. Ihendu Eke, said the party was ready to readmit all its former members, who had left, except those he said were infected with political disease or virus.
According to Eke, the meeting was called because of alleged move being made by the former governor to rejoin the party.
He claimed that rumours were on that the National Executive of the party wants to readmit Orji at the national level.
Eke, who faulted the alleged move, noted that the party’s constitution stipulates that members can only come into the party from their political wards.
He, therefore, directed all the ward chairmen and their secretaries in the area to scrutinise anybody seeking to come into the party and get approval from the stakeholders and leaders before such person or persons would be admitted into the party.
He said: “Any group has the right to choose those it would want to associate with, as it should not be an all-comers affair.
“We do not want to admit those who will come in and give us the virus they left with, as we are now virus-free.”
Eke claimed that it was such moves in the past that made the party at the council level to withdraw party registers from the ward chairmen, saying the registers were still at the party headquarters in Bende to avoid problems of wrongful admission of those he referred to as “unwanted politicians.”
He said: “We had earlier taken the party registers from our ward chairmen because of such unwarranted rumours and up till now, after going through the registers, we have not seen any such names like Orji Uzor Kalu in any of our registers and we want it to remain like that.”
Eke also alleged that party members in Igbere, the former governor’s native home, have protested alleged moved by the former governor to return to the party.
The meeting later resolved not to allow the former governor to be readmitted into the party.