By Anayo Okoli

Umuahia— THE crisis rocking the ruling Progressive Peoples Alliance, PPA, and soured relationship between Abia State Governor, Chief Theodore Orji, and his political godfather, Chief Orji Kalu, has clearly manifested with the governor’s plans to dump the PPA and join another party this week.

Governor Orji, going by speculations, is expected to join All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, which is in power in neigbbouring Anambra State.

Though the party is almost non-existent in the state, it is hoped that the Governor’s entrance with the aura of incumbent governor will shore up the support and influence of the party in Abia State.
Last week, PPA was said to have decided not to give the governor its ticket to contest the 2011 elections in Abia State.

PPA searches for replacement

PPA National Working Committee, NWC, which summoned the governor, Chief Orji Kalu and Senator Uche Chukwumereije to Abuja for alleged acts of indiscipline, was said to have decided to dump Governor Orji and chose Chief Stanley Ohajuruka, former Speaker of Abia House of Assembly and currently a member of the House of Representatives, as his replacement for 2011.

Though both the governor and his godfather had in the past denied any crack in their relationship, recent happenings, both in the party and in the governance of the state, have clearly exposed the rift.

Reunion group backs Orji
On the strength of the frosty relationship, a group known as Movement for Abia Reunion, MAR, weekend mobilised thousands of people in support of Governor Orji and urged him to muster the courage and dump PPA and also demanded an end to what they called stronghold on the governor allegedly by the former governor and the mother, who had been a very huge influence in the governance of Abia State in the last 10 years.

Infact, supporters of the governor are claiming that the real problem between him and his political mentor was that the former governor felt that the governor was not taking proper care of his interest and that of his mother who had a formidable political structure in the state known as Reality Organisation, which could rightly be said to be the umbrella of the ruling PPA.

“We urge our dear governor, T.A Orji, to immediately hearken to the voices of vast majority of Abians at home and abroad who have consistently asked him to stay away from the distraction of a notorious political family of godsons and god mothers.

“We have resolved and demanded that Dr T.A Orji jettisons the PPA political platform in preference to a more people-friendly democratic structure, free from mamacratic interference,” Movement for Abia Rebirth said in an eight-point communiqué presented  by its spokesman, Chief Don Ubani.

During the rally, the group displayed various placards denouncing the former Orji Kalu’s political hold on the state.
Some of the placards read: Farewell to parlour party; we are tired of mama and son administration; Abia is liberated today from the leadership of mama and son; women in Abia say no to  mamacracy, obituary announcement to PPA,” among others.

Though it had not been confirmed that Governor Orji’s planned journey to APGA has sailed through, he was said to have paid visits to Enugu to discuss with Chief Chukwuemeka Ojukwu and Chief Victor Umeh, the National Chairman of APGA.


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