Ex-Abia Governor, Orji Kalu, exits PDP again; quietly returns to PPA

Uzor Orji Kalu, Publisher, The Sun

A former governor of Abia State, Orji Kalu, has again exited the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and has quietly returned to Progressives Peoples Alliance, PPA, which he founded as he left office in 2007.

Mr. Kalu re-joined the PPA which he dumped, earlier, in a bid to contest for the Abia North Senatorial seat, which he lost in 2011.

Mr. Kalu first left the PDP to found PPA in 2006, using the platform to contest the 2007 presidential election.

He later served as chairman of party’s Board of Trustee, before making a controversial return to PDP in 2013.

Although he has yet to publicly announce his second exit from the PDP, the former governor is listed as a PPA senatorial candidate in the official list for February 14 election published by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Tuesday.

The publication shows Mr. Kalu submitted secondary school leaving certificate, WASSCE, which is the minimum academic requirement for elections in Nigeria, as his academic qualification to INEC.

On March 2, 2013, Abia State University, Aturu, had withdrawn the degree certificate earlier awarded to Mr. Kalu while he was the Visitor to the institution.

The school said at the time the former governor had breached its regulations.

The embarrassing episode was at the peak of a long drawn standoff between him and his successor, Theodore Orji, whom he had helped to win the state governorship election in 2007.

In 2013, Mr. Kalu announced a return to the PDP after he was accused of corruption while serving a governor.

The former governor could barely settle in the ruling party over his relations with Mr. Orji.

Recently, he accused Mr. Orji of handpicking and imposing all PDP candidates for various elective positions in the 2015 elections.


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