Report gathered has confirmed that former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, has formally joined the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Oyegun and the party’s National Working Committee, NWC, received Kalu on Wednesday at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.
NEWSVERGE recall that Kalu is currently facing financial crime charges in EFCC.
Kalu in his speech said he decided to join the party following pressure from friends and well wishers.
While reacting to his defection, Kalu said 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.
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emerged that former governor of Lagos state and national leader of the ruling party Bola Ahmed Tinubu has reportedly withdrawn his funding for the party.
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.