The many tangled situations facing Orji Kalu in his bid to president in 2015
The Abia PDP Chairman, Emma Nwaka, made the allegation at a media briefing in Umuahia on Friday.
Mr. Nwaka said the PDP membership card was purportedly issued to the former governor by the leadership of the party in Igbere Wards A and B.
“The news making the rounds that Kalu has been readmitted to the PDP is a distraction because we are concerned with delivering the dividends of democracy to residents of the state,” he said.
Mr. Nwaka said the purported membership card was issued by those who had earlier resigned as executive members of their respective wards in Igbere, Bende Local Government Area of the State.
He said the resignation affected all members of the executive in the two wards, adding that no reason was given for their action.
“They did not give reasons for their action and did not write any letter of resignation to the party.’’
Mr. Nwaka said that the affected officials in the wards only returned the party registers in their possession.
“The people who gave out the membership cards are no longer the executive members of the party in their wards. Whoever they deal with is on his own and not a member of this party,” he said.
He said that whatever membership card the leaders in the two wards might have issued to Mr. Kalu is faked “because the serial number does not tally with the ones we have.”
“Kalu has not come out to say that he now belongs to the PDP. When he does, I will ask him where he got the membership card from and then consider instituting a legal action against him for forgery,” the party chairman said.
Earlier, Ihendubi Eke, the PDP Chairman in Bende Local Government Area, said that the two ward chairmen had on January 10 stepped down from their positions.
“Those that gave out the cards are fake because they had earlier resigned from their positions,” Mr. Eke said.
We are still ward leaders
However, the Chairmen of Wards A and B of the PDP in Bende, Chika and Amadi Kalu, in a joint statement, insisted they were still the heads of their PDP ward councils.
They described their purported resignation or dissolution as the handiwork of selfish political detractors that were not happy with the re-admission of Kalu into the party.
They vowed to challenge the action at the appropriate court and noted that nobody could stop the return of one of the founding members of the party because the party belonged to all and was bigger than any individual.
They stated further that their action to readmit Kalu was in line with the constitution of the party and the reconciliation initiatives of the national executive of the party.
They encouraged all party stalwarts to be calm and steadfast as the party was going to places with the laudable efforts of its leadership.
I am back
Mr. Kalu has however, accepted his re-admittance into the PDP.
The former governor, who addressed a mammoth crowd at the event to announce his rejoining of the on Thursday, said he decided to accept the hands of fellowship stretched out to him by the PDP in Wards A and B in Igbere.
He left the party in 2007 after a running battle with former president Olusegun Obasanjo and established his own party, the Progressive Peoples Alliance, PPA, under whose platform the incumbent governor, Theodore Orji, emerged.
A battle between the cousins let to Mr. Orji leaving the PPA for the PDP. Mr. Kalu later had other crisis within the PPA with a faction of the party expelling him.
The former Abia State Governor, issued with a PDP membership card No.9787945 dated January 16, 2013 by the party executive members in Igbere wards A and B, has already launched his campaign bid for the 2015 presidential elections trumping the Igbo Presidency strategy.
Mr. Kalu, however, has some corruption charges hovering around him.
The Economics and Financial Crimes Commission is trying Mr. Kalu for corruption while he was the governor of the state.
Shortly after leaving office in July 2007, the EFCC arraigned Mr. Kalu before an Abuja High Court on a 10-count charge bordering on money laundering, official corruption and diversion of public funds totaling over N5 billion.
The case is still in court. In April 2012, the Court of Appeal in Abuja ruled that the EFCC can prosecute the former governor, saying the anti-graft agency has established prime-facie cases against the defendant.
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