- A former governor of Abia, Orji Uzor Kalu, has reacted to the news of his brother, Mascot's defection to the Action Peoples Party (APP)
- Kalu said he was surprised to hear that his brother has decided to form another party despite persuasion to the contrary
- The Senate chief whip added that APC chieftains like Senate President Ahmad Lawan and the party's national chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, begged him but to no avail
Senator Orji Uzor Kalu has expressed surprise over the fact that his brother, Mascot, has defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to form a new party, the Action Peoples Party (APP).
On his Facebook page on Thursday, May 5, the Senate chief whip noted that Mascot did not inform him of his decision to leave the ruling party.
The former Abia governor said he has been receiving calls from friends, associates, political stakeholders, and leaders of thought seeking his opinion on the defection of Mascot, Punch reports.
Kalu said despite the persuasion of APC's national chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, and other principal members of the party, Mascot went ahead with his plans.
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Speaking his mind, the senator said he has no issue with his brother's decision, adding that he has a right to choose his political affiliation.
"Sincerely, the national chairman, two deputy national chairmen of our great party including the Senate president persuaded him to remain with the APC but he declined.
"I was surprised to hear that he alongside other stakeholders launched the new party, Action Peoples Party, APP, yesterday, in Umuahia without informing me.
"Well, I don't have any issue with my brother; he has the right to take decision on his political future, and, as a democrat, I acknowledge his right to determine his political affiliation and wishes him well."
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The Senate chief whip in a series of tweets via his Twitter page said it is his desire and intention to run for the presidency of Nigeria, however, he can’t make an official declaration without the full support of other regions.
"Everywhere in the world, politics is situational and that of Nigeria is exceptionally situational. The situation in Nigeria is that without the support of other regions, it would amount to a shadow chase for a South Easterner to be President."