Orji Kalu quits PDP, to contest senatorial seat on the platform of PPA


Former Abia State governor, Orji Uzor Kalu has returned to Progressives People’s Alliance (PPA), a political party he founded in 2007 after leaving office.

Mr. Kalu first left the PDP to found PPA in 2006, using the platform to contest the 2007 presidential election.
He later served as chairman of party’s Board of Trustee, before making a controversial return to PDP in 2013.

Though the ex-governor has not made any official pronouncement about his defection, but his name is listed on Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) official list as PPA’s senatorial candidate for Abia North Senatorial District.

The publication shows Mr. Kalu submitted secondary school leaving certificate, WASSCE, which is the minimum academic requirement for elections in Nigeria, as his academic qualification to INEC.

On March 2, 2013, Abia State University, Aturu, had withdrawn the degree certificate earlier awarded to Mr. Kalu while he was the Visitor to the institution.

The school said at the time the former governor had breached its regulations.

The embarrassing episode was at the peak of a long drawn standoff between him and his successor, Theodore Orji, whom he had helped to win the state governorship election in 2007.

In 2013, Mr. Kalu announced a return to the PDP after he was accused of corruption while serving a governor.
The former governor could barely settle in the ruling party over his relations with Mr. Orji.

Recently, he accused Mr. Orji of handpicking and imposing all PDP candidates for various elective positions in the 2015 elections.

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