Former governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu said he joined the All Progressives Congress (APC) because President Muhammadu Buhari has started fulfilling the promises he made to him in the area of development of the South East.
The business magnate said in his country home in Igbere, Abia State when hundreds of Igbo youths from across the zone paid him a visit, that when President Buhari assured him that work would start on federal roads in the East before the end of November, he had pledged to join APC if lived up to his words.
He said with the ongoing rehabilitation work on federal roads in the South East, it became imperative for him (Kalu) to redeem his own pledge, hence, he joined the APC few weeks ago.
Kalu assured the youths that what he did was in the interest of Igbo, as the South easterners need to be at the centre where national issues are discussed and dividends of democracy shared.
“We cannot continue to isolate ourselves while turning around to complain of not being remembered or carried along,” Kalu told the youths.
He emphasised that people make political parties what they are, insisting that if Igbo joined the APC en masse, they could equally take hold of the party.
Kalu said the interest of the Igbo comes first before his personal ambition, saying he would continue to contribute his quota towards building the APC in the South East.
Meanwhile, Kalu’s movement to the ruling party is generating interest in the South East, as several political, religious and socio-political groups are trying to align with the former governor. Also, old politicians and professionals have started meeting with Kalu, with a view to joining the APC.
It was gathered that Kalu may have convinced one of the biggest legal icons in the country, Chris Uche (SAN), to join APC.
Sources revealed that the legal luminary visited Kalu in Igbere, where the duo discussed the possibility of the lawyer joining the APC.
It was gathered that barring any change of plan, Uche might join the APC next month.