Erstwhile governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, has formally joined the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), it is understood.
Kalu was received by the Chief John Odigie-Oyegun-led National Working Committee (NWC) of the party at the National Secretariat on Wednesday (today).
According to him, he has succumbed to pressure from his friends and well wishers to contribute his quota to building the party in Nigeria especially in the South-East.
However, the former governor dismissed insinuations that he pitched tent with the ruling party in a bid to truncate his ongoing trial instigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). His decision was in line with family demands of him rather, he claimed, recalling the recent visit to the APC headquarters by his mother, Mama Eunice and some of his siblings. While admitting that he had so many friends in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), but he believed that family demands come first.
At the reception of the former governor and some of his supporters at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja, the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun described the entrance of Kalu into the party as timely, given the fact that the country required the experience, resilience and never-die-spirit of the former governor to help lift the country from its current economic challenges.
Kalu was accompanied to the secretariat by his former Osun State counterpart and chieftain of the party, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, his political associates like the former Chairman of the Progressive Peoples Alliance, (PPA) Dr Sam Nkire, his younger brother, Mascot Kalu etc.