The All Progressives Congress (APC) at the weekend pleaded with former governor of Abia State, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu, to join its fold. Dr Kalu , a former presidential candidate, ruled the state between 1999 and 2007 . He is now a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and a chieftain of APC led a top delegation to Kalu’s Abuja home on Saturday to persuade him to dump PDP for APC.
The meeting which lasted for about four hours, was held behind closed doors. It was the second time in less than a month that a stalwart of APC would hold a private meeting with the former governor to lure him to the opposition party.
Former Lagos State governor and National Leader of APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, reportedly met with Kalu in Lagos recently and urged him to join APC.
Contacted after last Saturday’s meeting, Atiku and Kalu declined comments on the motive of the their talks. Kalu told newsmen, “he is my boss, it is a privilege to have him in my house. We don’t have any obligation to disclose the agenda of our meeting. All I can tell you is that I’m happy having my boss in my house “. He added: “I am a PDP chieftain, I remain a member of PDP”. Atiku, in his response said: “It is a private meeting, I don’t have to tell you what we discussed.”
However, a source at the meeting who does not want his name mentioned, told Daily Sun that the former vice president asked Dr Kalu to team up with him at APC. He said Atiku told Kalu that APC leaders directed him to meet with him and inform him that the party would want him on board.
The source, who was a member of the Atiku delegation said, “there is nothing to hide, the former vice president told Kalu that APC leaders want him to join them now. He told him that PDP has lost direction and therefore, he should team up with him in APC.
“He listed the benefits Kalu will derive if he joins APC now. He also told him that Kalu has the qualities that the party wants which is courage, good understanding of Nigeria and political savvy”, the source said.
Asked to state Kalu’s response, the source disclosed that the former governor thanked “Atiku and all of us for holding him in high esteem, but said categorically, that he would not want to leave PDP now. He told us that he is a member of PDP and and is happy to belong to the party.”