*Abia chairman disputes claim
By ANAYO OKOLI,
DESPITE protests from Abia State government and the PDP in the state, the former governor, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu, says he has returned to the party, insisting that nobody could stop him from returning.
Kalu said he was re-admitted in his Igbere Ward A after due process and issued with membership card number 9787945. The card was issued to him on January 16.
Kalu said that all the founding members of the party across the country, who left for one reason or the other, have met and decided to return, take over and rebuild the party which he said has been hijacked by strangers.
But in a swift reaction, the state chairman of the party, Chief Emma Nwaka, dismissed the former governor’s claim, saying that he had not been re-admitted into the PDP in the state.
Nwaka claimed that the card issued to the Kalu by the ward leadership of the party was fake as, according to him, the entire executive of the party’s ward A and B in Igbere, Kalu’s home, resigned on January 10.
He argued that if any person issued him a card it was fake. Nwaka also claimed that Igbere cards bear numbers which begin in the series of 95…, not 97…given to Kalu.
Kalu dismissed Nwaka’s position as “laughable”, insisting that he has returned to the party and that his return conformed to the constitution of the party. He also warned Nwaka and other party leaders whom he accused of deceiving the people to be careful or face party’s disciplinary measures.
“ I am back to PDP and there is no going back. I said that I will not come back to the party if Chief [Olusegun] Obasanjo is the BoT chairman. Now he is out, I am back and other founding members of the party are coming back. We founded the party in 1978. And all the founding members have met and decided to come back and take over the party, and there is nothing holding us back.
“ How can the whole executive of two wards resign? What was the reason they gave for resigning. They are deceiving the people and that deceit must stop. You cannot dissolve the ward executives and said they resigned. Emma Nwaka should take time. He is not the owner of PDP. We have come back to take over our party”.
“I am back to the state to fix it, not with propaganda. I am back to fix it and develop it. I am back to the party. It is either the right things are done or they face party disciplinary actions or live the party. All the founding members of PDP have met and decided to take over the party and move it forward”, Kalu said and to mobilize all the aggrieved members of the party to return to the party”.