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On March 2, 2013, Abia State University, Aturu, had withdrawn the degree certificate earlier awarded to Mr.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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  • blackbaba

    very bad omen for Mr president

    • Okey

      for the character, charlatan called Orji Uzor Kalu ?

  • Mr Wise

    Selfish Movement

  • King Carlos

    Political episodes like this makes me appreciate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu more. He is an intelligent political strategist. How can Orji Uzor Kalu, with all his money , turn to a political gabbage, jumping from one place to another. This is the same mistake Atiku made, and Labaran Maku is on the same path too. They are not strong enough to spread their wings, also, they are too impatient to wait for a good time to counter attack their opponents.

  • BlackieUmukoro

    He is a businessman and since he was not given any room to manipulate the system in PDP, he was bound to return to PPA, and that is what the sharp guy has just done

  • McAlfred Uta

    This is political prostitution of the highest order. Until the Constitution is changed to force defectors to spend at least 2 years in their new party, this absurd carpet crossing aka defection will continue unabated. Thank God TA Orfi did not withdraw his WASC.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Orji Kalu is politically a useless fellow,he should concentrate on his business !

    • glo

      Which business? You are causing him now cos he no longer with PDP. Kalu is as useless as PDP.