Orji Uzor Kalu, a former governor of Abia State, has resigned as a member of the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) and formally joined the All Progressives congress (APC).
PPA, which was founded by Kalu in 2006, produced T. A. Orji and Ikedi Ohakim as Governors of Abia and Imo States respectively in the 2007 elections.
However, in a letter signed on November 14, 2016, Kalu stated that he took the decision to leave the PPA after wide consultations with political associates, followers, loyalists and well-wishers.
The letter, which was made available to newsmen on Tuesday read:
“It is with a heavy heart and full of precious memories, profound appreciation and goodwill that I write to inform you of my decision to quit my membership of the PPA.
“As a founding member of the PPA in 2006 and a former chairman of the BOT, I have been fortunate to have witnessed first hand, the growth of a party that grew out of the yearning of a people to challenge their intuition and their struggle to determine who govern them and how they should be governed.
“I gave to the PPA and that struggle the better part of my political life and the time has come for me to say thank you for the opportunity to have served a worthy cause, and to have been your flag bearer as candidate for the senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“I must move on now and as Tennyson reminds us, ‘Though much has been taken, much still abides, and though we are not now that strength which in old days moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are; one equal temper of heroic hearts, made weak by time and fate, but strong in will. To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield’.
“And so today, I officially resign my membership. Thank you and may God continue to guide the affairs of the PPA under your reign as National Chairman.”
The Chief John Odigie-Oyegun-led National Working Committee of the party received Kalu on Wednesday at the National Secretariat.
Speaking to the ruling party, the ex governor said he has finally yielded to pressures from his friends and well wishers to contribute his quota to building the party in Nigeria especially in the South East.
More details to be added as the story develops…