Why I joined APC – Orji Kalu


A former Governor of Abia State, Orji Kalu, on Wednesday said he joined the ruling All Progressives Congress to help diffuse tensions that the party is an ethnic or religious contraption.

Mr. Kalu sent ripples through the country’s political atmosphere when he disclosed Wednesday afternoon that he’d cross-carpeted to the APC since Sunday.

He announced his move to the APC hours after resigning from the Progressive Peoples Alliance, a party he established in 2006 and had funded since then.

“If they see us in this place, they will know that that APC is not an ethnic or religious party,” Mr. Kalu said in a press briefing to announce the move.

The former governor admitted that the APC will be a tough sell in the South East, but expressed optimism that it will eventually be accepted after intense lobbying of those that matter in the region.

“It is something that we need to be explaining to the Catholic bishops, Anglican bishops, the Pentecostal churches and the rest of them,” Mr. Kalu said.

Mr. Kalu said he represented an asset to the APC because his move to the party had seen no fewer than 4,000 residents of Abia State join it within the last few days, a crowd he said included two serving federal lawmakers.

“Between Sunday when I registered at Igbere and now, there are 4,000 new members already registered with the APC in Abia without making it open,” Mr. Kalu said. “there are two members of the House of Representatives who are there right now that are joining the APC.”

Mr. Kalu stated that he deliberately delayed his move to the APC in order to deprive his political detractors of any ground to launch attacks against him.

“If I had joined at the early times when they were forming the government, it would have appeared as if I want to be part of that process,” Mr. Kalu said. “This is the right time to join.”

Mr. Kalu said his move to the APC was the result of several months of negotiation with the party’s executives, a discussion he said was going on at the same time as when the PDP national leaders were lobbying him.

The politician said he had no intention of running for office but only to serve as a loyal and unifying figure within the APC.

“I am not going to run for any office for now. I am going to be a very good party man,” Mr. Kalu said. “But if the party find me worthy to do anything, I will do it.”

Mr. Kalu’s move to the APC came two weeks after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission re-arraigned him for corruption he allegedly perpetrated while he was governor of Abia between 1999-2003.

But the former governor appeared to pre-empt speculation that may arise from his decision to join the APC.

“I am sure that you know that nobody can pocket me in Nigeria or make me say what I don’t want to say or do what I don’t want to do,” he said.


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  • amah sossy

    hmmmmmmm, time will tell. I rest my case.

  • Screw-em II

    The man is a common criminal and thus, does not deserve a reprive. He should be tried and put away for life!

  • Maria

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahah…I laugh in igbere…. A party that won a national election and controls most of the states is an ethnic or religious contraption? Kalu…you are a m0r0n…we are not.

  • George

    I have no problem with this day robber but if Ameachi and Fashola can go free why not Orji.

    APC goodluck

  • ojays

    Self protection is the first law in nature. Lets see how it works out for him

    • Burbank

      It will work just like Saraki and Jaafaru Isa – prosecuted

  • Another political comedian dancing to Buhari’s body language and scampering to escape the Gestapo’s noose. What a funny political prostitute.

    • Tunji Olarewaju

      “A funny political prostitute ” formerly of the yibo PDP

  • ijelejames

    Shame on APC for accepting a looter into their party. He is avoiding conviction for his crime.

  • princegab

    Orji kalu, the triumphant entering into opened crocodile’s jaw. Can only doubt if EFCC will crush less because of APC. Good luck, kalu the looter. Fela’s mattress in kirikiri is intact.

    • Burbank

      Lolz…. Good comment


    Basket of Deplorable. APC=PDP.

    • Tunsj

      Exactly what Hillary Clinton said.

  • Kickboxer

    A NEWLY MINTED SAINT has been discovered. APC is a party of election riggers, bigots, criminals and terrorists. Everything wrong with Nigerian has gathered as VULTURES in APC.

    • Burbank

      And then like Saraki, ended up in the Accused box!

      • Netanyahu

        Saraki is a PDP man. He has shown it in all his actions but you daft will continue to claw on straws. APC is an islamic, janjaweed party. Tinubu has left, Oke has left to join AD. At the right time Saraki will leave. Kalu is trying to save himself. The next movie will be to pay Magu a courtesy visit and that is it.

  • Tunsj

    Please God save us from all these Political Prostitutes. Shameless Clown.

  • Action Group

    We hope he has not joined APC to cover up his corruption trial in court.

    • Burbank

      It does not matter.
      Ibrahim Magu will arrest him while he is giving a toast to Buhari in Aso Rock.

  • cajaegbu

    Orji can now rest, knowing that EFCC will now leave him alone!
    Sai Baba!

  • Dejandon

    This guy is just a clown. So he is claiming to be doing APC a favor by joining the party – hear him
    “…he joined the ruling All Progressives Congress to help diffuse tensions that the party is an ethnic or religious contraption”

    Some fools just see themselves bigger than they think. I hope they make you go and cool your heels in Kuje, so you too can be friends with Boko Haram members too and learn how to sing their praised after the heat has gone into your empty skull.

  • Alex Ogbonnia

    Those close to Orji Uzo should do a work. The assignment is why the Orji Uzo Kalu’s fame and popularity have been on the downward trajectory in spite of his brilliance, courage, sagacity, wealth and large-heart. By 1999, many looked unto Orji Uzo as God-sent but gradually that perception has dwindled so badly. He can still regain himself using the right approach.