Ex-governor of Abia state, Orji Uzor Kalu has formally joined the All Progressives Congress (APC), The Punch reports.
Orji Kalu was received at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja today, Wednesday, November 16 by its National Working Committee led by national chairman John Odigie-Oyegun.
The Punch quotes Kalu as saying that he agreed to join the ruling party after pressure from his friends and supporters who wanted him to contribute his quota to building the party in the South East and Nigeria.
Before his move to APC, Kalu had just resigned as a member of the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) where he was one-time chairman of the party's Board of Trustees and PPA's candidate for president in the April 2007 general elections.
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Forbes-listed billionaire Kalu's defection to APC comes just about a week after reports emerged that former governor of Lagos state and national leader of the ruling party Bola Ahmed Tinubu has reportedly withdrawn his funding for the party.
Just recently, Kalu drew the anger of Igbos when he said they were responsible for the backwardness in the South East and not the Federal Government as often blamed.
Orji Uzor Kalu said in an edition of The Interview that “Igbos are their own worst enemies.” He said a number of the elite in the region are not only selfish, but that they also get their politics wrong.
Meanwhile, the Igbos have called on him to retract the statement