BREAKING: Orji Kalu, 21 aggrieved senators, chieftains, drop plans to dump APC after meeting Buhari
By Steve Oko
Deputy Senate Chief Whip, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, and 21 aggrieved All Progressive Congress, APC Senators, has said that they have shelved plans to drop their broom after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, Tuesday in State House.
A gale of defection has hit the ruling national party since after its primaries as it has lost no fewer than seven serving Senators including the Senate Leader who defected to other parties within one week.
The Abia North Senator said the affected Senators were not happy over the outcome of the just-concluded APC primaries in their various states.
Kalu in a statement after the parley with the President said:“Earlier this afternoon, I led the 22 aggrieved Senators and members of the All Progressive Congress to President Muhammad Buhari.
“Our meeting with Mr President was successful and the issue of decamping from our party has been laid to rest,” Kalu, the Chief Whip of the ninth Senate”.
The Abia former Governor, had during the meeting with Buhari, said that no fewer than 22 senators and members of the party were unhappy with the outcome of the primaries in their states, noting that they felt “disenfranchised by the process.”
He said the legislators had made sacrifices for the growth of the party and democracy in the country, asking for the President’s kind intervention.
“Mr President, in the Senate, we have worked hard and consistently sold your programmes beyond party lines. Be assured always of our support,” he said.
The APC in Abia State still has two factions despite claims of harmonisation by some party chieftains from both camps.
Chief Ikechi Emenike, and Dr Uche Ogah -products of parallel primaries- are both laying claims to the governorship ticket of the party.
Senator Kalu has not openly identified with any of the factions although some of his right hand men have crossed over the the Chief Emenike’s camp.
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