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2027: Senator Kalu Remains An Invaluable Asset To Our Party – APC

The leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abia State has described Senator Orji Uzor Kalu as a priceless asset to the party.

The party made the declaration through its state chairman, Dr. Kingsley Ononogbu, yesterday during a unification party meeting held at Camp Neya, Igbere, home of Kalu who also presides as the Chairman Senate Committee on Privatisation and Commercialisation.

The meeting, which was hosted by Senator Kalu, had in attendance Local Government and ward executives including loyalists of the party’s 2023 Governorship candidate, Ikechi Emenike. The state party chairman highlighted the indelible impacts of the former Abia Governor in moving the party forward which he described as “indispensable”.

Ononogbu explained that Kalu’s influence has ensured that the party remains a force to reckon with in the state, specifically narrating the comforting fatherly role Kalu played when he made up his mind to resign his Chairmanship position due to infractions within the party.

He recalled how Senator Kalu encouraged him to remain resolute and resolve all issues, this is just as he declared Kalu’s home the fortress of the party in Abia State. Addressing a gathering of local government and ward executives, Ononogbu bemoaned how lack of unity among the stakeholders has caused the party losses especially in the last general elections.

He said: “I have been working with Senator Orji Uzor Kalu and he has been very supportive to the party. I am especially happy for this meeting because it’s the right thing to do for our party as brothers and sisters. Not being together as a party has caused us a lot and it’s time we realise we can achieve more with unity.

“Myself, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, Hon Benjamin Kalu and Minister (Nkeiruka Onyejeocha) are all from Abia North, Bende to be precise and we have all we need to make Abia APC stronger. If Abia North is not strengthened in unity, it won’t be good for the state. “Let me say this publicly for the first time to thank Senator Orji Uzor Kalu for his guidance.

When I first came on board there were a lot of troubles from different stakeholders which made me want to quit, Senator Kalu was the one who told me that I cannot quit.

“He discouraged me from resigning and insisted I remain chairman. “Most of our foot soldiers are the cause of the problems, the go round spreading rumours, they meet us separately and tell us rumours that will pitch us against one another.

“I have been seeking his opinion, there was no time he turned his back on me and a lot has been achieved. Let me put it on record that Ikechi Emenike has always told me that Senator Orji Kalu remains the only two times governor of our party and no matter the dispute he cannot be ignored.”

Another appeal by the chairman was for the party leaders to work in Unity so that we can win other senatorial zones and the governorship seat for our party in 2027. “We are going to work together as a starting point because I am a builder not a spoiler, when I became chairman I was told that there are different groups but I made sure I identified with all of them.

“We should gradually create a template that will make us work together until Congress comes then everyone can male their choices and we have achieved that unity. “If we work together we can take over Abia-Central and Abia-South and if we get it right we can win any election. These quarrels have not gotten us anywhere. We have to come together so we don’t lose again.”

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