By Ikechukwu Nnochiri
ABUJA—Chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Abia State, weekend, adduced reasons why the former governor of the state, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu, should not be readmitted into the party.
Making their position known at a town hall meeting that was organized by indigenes of the state resident in Abuja, former Chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Chief Onyema Ugochukwu, blamed the ex-governor for the incessant cases of kidnappings and general sense of insecurity that pervaded the state recently, saying, “since he left the party, all the rancor and quarrel in Abia has stopped.”
He said: “We the stakeholders of PDP took a decision that we don’t want Orji Kalu back. Since he left, there has been unity and peace in the state and that is what we want to be sustained to move the state forward. Where there is no peace, there will be no development. Not long ago, people associated Abia with terrorism and kidnapping. Companies in Abia even left, but now, the present government has been able to restore confidence, now the companies are gradually coming back, which is what we don’t want to be hampered.”