The stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia State have raised the alarm over an alleged plan by the former Abia State governor Orji Uzor Kalu, to return to the party ahead of the next year general elections.
The stakeholders who spoke through prince Eric Kalu and chuks Ndom, who are members of the party in the state, alleged that the ex governor is planning to return to the PDP because the presidency has refused to compromise on his alleged N7.2 billion corruption case with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The party chieftains however insisted that it would not have any thing to do with the former governor until he clears himself of the alleged N7.2 billion fraud levelled against him by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC).
Meanwhile, the former governor had severally denied any plan to leave All Progressive Congress (APC), but the state PDP chapter is alleging desperate move by Kanu to return to PDP.
“We heard on good authority that the presidency and APC have rejected the former governor following his re arraignment in court by EFCC over alleged N7.2 billion fraud”, the stakeholders said.
They insisted that: “We will not be in a hurry to reunite with a rejected member of APC.
The presidency was said to be worried over the reported rearraingment of the former governor on tuesday by the Ecomomic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) over alleged N7.2 billion fraud and its possible negative impact on the electoral fortunes of the party in 2019.
“It would amount to gross deserve to our people to hurriedly readmit ex governor who is alleged to have looted over N7 billion from the state treasury”, the group said, adding, “Suddenly the ex governor has remembered us because the presidency has given him red card”.
Recall that the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi Lagos had on Tuesday dismissed a no case submission filed by Kalu on his bid to stop his trial over alleged N3.2 billion fraud.
Justice Muhammed idris ruled on Tuesday that the former governor has a case to answer in accordance with section 14, 15, (6)16 ,17 and 21 of the money laundry prohibition Act of 2005.