Former Abia State governor and Chief Whip of the Senate, Orji Uzor Kalu, has expressed his views on the decision of his sibling, Mascot, to dump the All Progressive Congress (APC) for a new party.
PlatinumPost reports that Mascot was a former Chief of Staff to Abia State Governor and APC candidate in the 2021 by-election for Aba North and Aba South federal constituency seat.
Kalu, a chieftain of APC and 2023 presidential hopeful, in a post on his Facebook page on Thursday, said the national leadership of the party begged Mascot not to leave the party but all fell on deaf ears.
He said : “I have received several calls from friends, associates, political stakeholders and leaders of thoughts seeking my opinion on the defection of my brother, Mascot, from the All Progressives Congress, APC, to Action Peoples Party, APP.
“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.
“I remain the Chief Whip of the Senate and a committed member of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
“I am even more determined to serve my people and facilitate more dividends of democracy to them.”
PlatinumPost reports that the move by Mascot to dump APC will further weaken the chances of the party ahead of the 2023 general election in Abia State, which has Peoples Democratic Party as the ruling party.