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The Chief Whip of the Senate, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu on Sunday formally received two former Abia State Commissioners of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); Hon Obinna Oriaku and Hon George Nnanna Kalu into the All Progressives Congress (APC)).
Oriaku was the immediate past commissioner for Finance, while Kalu was commissioner of Works and Transport.
Receiving the two PDP decampees at his Camp Neya countryhome, Senator Kalu said he had the mandate of the interim chairman of APC and governor of Yobe State to cutlivate new members for the party in the state.
“I have the mandate of the national chairman of APC, His Excellency Governor of Yobe state , to continue cultivating new members into this party. We welcome you, former commisioner for works and transport of Abia State, you are welcome to our great party. We give you this broom to sweep out all the evil in the state.
“I am also using this opportunity to appeal to the state government; no body who has chosen to be a member of the APC should be harrased. Nobody who have on his own chosen to belong to any political party should be tormented. We did not do that and we don’t expect anybody to do that”, Kalu said.
The former Abia governor said some of those in the present government worked with him and “they know we play politics without bitterness and I expect them to respect the sanctity of democracy which is the freedom of association” the former Governor said.
Responding, Hon Nnana Kalu who called Senator Kalu the democratic leader of Abia state thanked him for welcoming him back to the party.
“We all worked under you and you performed and we are ready to work again. Thank you for this opportunity that is given to me to join this party and make this party great”.
Oriaku in his speech noted that his joining the APC was not accidental but well thought out plan.
He told Kalu, “His excellency, our dear leader, today is another wonderful day. I am most greatful for having me under your roof and giving me the first broom which symbolises sweeping and cleansing of what has been defined as the problems of our state.
While expressing belief that APC will the governorship seat in 2023, Oriaku described party as the only hope for the State.