The Chief Whip of the Senate and former Governor of Abia state, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, has debunked the rumors making the round that he has reached an agreement with the PDP Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu, in joining the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
In a statement signed by Mr Emeka Nwala of the Office of the Senate Chief Whip, the Senator said he has not spoken with Gov Ikpeazu for many months now and wondered how he could reach an agreement with a governor he has not been in communication with of recent.
“Everyone has the right of association and anybody interested in joining the APC is welcomed but not through speculations”, the statement read.
Report on Senator Kalu and Governor Okezie reaching a truce, stated that a member of the Caretaker and Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee, chaired by the Governor of Yobe State, Governor Mai Mala Buni, revealed to a journalist that Ikpeazu’s delayed defection is as a result of the disagreements between him and the Senate Chief Whip who also doubles as the Chairman of the APC caucus in Abia.
It noted that defection plans has been finalized after Kalu and Ikpeazu found a common ground for unity in the party. But Kalu’s statement partly stated that, “the report about reaching a truce with Governor Okezie Ikpeazu is very untrue.
“I have not spoken with the governor of my state for many months. I respect him as my governor and will continue to do so”, he stated.
Meanwhile, “Our party is a very big one and we will always welcome anyone interested in joining us but not through speculations.” the statement concluded.
Recall that the Abia state Governor few weeks ago issued a statement, debunking his alleged defection plans to the APC.
The Governor reiterated his commitment and solidarity to the PDP, saying that the party made him what he is today and he has no plans or whatsoever to dump it for the ruling All Progressives Congress.
In his words” PDP remains my party and I am committed to its growth in the state”, he said.
Ikpeazu said: “I have not found any reason to leave PDP. This is because I am in constant touch with the people. What should determine what I do is what the people ask me to do and they have not asked me to leave the Party”
The governor said he is in PDP and would remain in PDP.