Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, Senator representing Abia North has been suspended by All Progressives Congress – APC.
ENigeria Newspaper reports that Orji Uzor Kalu has been at loggerheads with the leadership of the APC in Abia State and confessed and has refused to support the party’s choice of the gubernatorial candidate, Ikechi Emenike.
In a recent interview with Channels Television, Kalu revealed that he is not supporting the candidacy of Emenike, because his blood brother was also in the race. Buttressing further, the Senator said, the candidate had refused to inform him that he was running for governor.
ENigeria Newspaper reports that Kalu’s suspension is coming at a dicey moment; barely 24 hours to the National Assembly elections tomorrow, Saturday.
Orji Uzor Kalu is a former governor of the State and incumbent Senator representing Abia North in the Senate as well as a principal officer of the Senate.
The decision of the party was contained in a letter jointly signed by its Disciplinary Committee chairman, Barr. Paul Nwabuisi; state secretary of the party, Chief Chidi Avaja, and party chairman, Dr Kingsley Ononogbu.
According to the letter, the suspension was with immediate effect.
A copy of the letter, which was made available to LEADERSHIP on Friday in Umuahia, the State capital, accused Kalu, who is the Senate Chief Whip, of anti-party activities.
“The suspension is as a result of thorough investigations and recommendations of the disciplinary committee set up by Igbere Ward A, Bende LGA and the leadership of the party,” the letter said.
The letter, entitled ‘Notification on Suspension’ which was addressed to the Senator, said the action “is in consonance with Article 21b (i-v) of the Constitution of the party.
“Note that the party is highly committed to her integrity and as such will not condone any of these afore-stated acts and other forms of anti-party activities.”
The letter, which was copied to the national chairman of APC, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, added that “having evidence substantial enough for your suspension, the integrity of the party must be protected.”
LEADERSHIP reports that the development in Abia State chapter of the APC might be unconnected to Senator Kalu’s recent TV interview, where he openly said that he cannot endorse the State governorship candidate of the party against his own blood brother contesting for the same position on the platform of another political party.