The former governor has made increasing public appearances ahead of 2015.
A former Governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, has described the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, Tony Anenih, and the party’s chairman, Bamanga Tukur, as “a plus to the PDP brand.”
Mr. Kalu made the remark while hosting the Nigerian community in New Delhi, India to a dinner at Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi.
Mr. Kalu said as an extended family, the PDP was bound to have differences among members; but said the party has instilled discipline among members through an efficient conflict management mechanism.
“Even in a nuclear family, brothers and sisters disagree to agree talk less of an extended one as it is the case with the PDP, the biggest political party in Africa,” he said.
Mr. Kalu, who is returning to the ruling party from his own party, the Progressive Peoples Alliance ahead of elections in 2015, has lately taken more public roles after keeping a low profile for years.
Recently, he has made appearances at foreign fora, on missions he says are to attract investments to the country.
In India, he signed a Memorandum of Understanding between Slok Group of Nigeria and Prime Group of India, a spokesperson said.
Mr. Kalu heaped praises on the PDP, which he had fallen apart with before founding PPA.
He said the PDP is a party of inclusion and not exclusion, on the strength of which, the party has put in place an approach to bringing back to the party fold all aggrieved party members who have dumped the party at one time or the other.
Mr. Kalu debunked the rumoured conflict between the Board of Trustees, under Mr. Anenih, and the National Working Committee, headed by Mr. Tukur.
He said the two were grounded in politics and will not do anything to jeopardize the unity of the party.
He stated that with genuine primaries, the flag bearer of the party will enjoy the support of all and sundry in the party.
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