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From Steph Clem

It is becoming obvious that former governor of Abia State Orji Uzor Kalu might have to wait longer before he is re-admitted into the people’s Democratic Party from his home state as the latest effort by the reconciliation committee for the South East to reconcile him with the party met stiff resistance by members.

The state chairman of the party, Senator Emma Nwaka had told the committee led by Chief Ahmadu Ali during the reconciliation meeting which held from last Sunday to Monday night that there was no aggrieved person within the party and so reconciliation would not be required.

He said the reconciliation was not for people who were non members, adding that the party is currently enjoying peace and harmony and warned that those attributes should not be taken for granted.

According to him, “the harmony prevailing in Abia PDP should not be taken for granted as any attempt to introduce any strange element could be to the detriment of the party especially with the general elections around the corner.”

The chairman further stated that if a party member left the party at a time and later retraces his steps, he needs to apply for membership from his ward and if re-admitted would be placed on probation.

All the speakers from the state at the meeting simply corroborated Nwaka’s speech.

They recounted their relationship with the former Gov. Kalu from 1999 to 2006 when he floated his own party; the Progressive Peoples’ Alliance(PPA). They gave credit for the relative peace in the party to the incumbent Gov Theodore Orji.

In his speech, Chief Ahmadu Ali informed the gathering that the committee was coming from Imo state for the same purpose, as their mission is to reconcile all members and re-integrate estranged members into the fold.

According to Chief Ali, every member of the party is important as anyone considered less might just be a spoiler. Another member of the reconciliatory team Prof. Jerry Gana admitted he knew what the party in the state used to be in the past and commended members for achieving this level of unity.

Other members of the committee that accompanied Chief Ali on the visit include; Celestine Omehia and Chief Shuabu Afolabi Oyedokun among many others.


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