– Theodore Orji has told his supporters not to panic and be relax as he has no intention leaving PDP
– He says if he decides to leave PDP for any other party, the party he is going to join will be very happy, because of his antecedents
– The ex-governor says those who have left the PDP were doing so for personal reasons
Former Abia state governor and Senator representing Abia Central Senatorial district, Theodore Orji has reacted to reports that he plans to leave the main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to him, he has he no plans to leave PDP, contrary to insinuations.
Vanguard reports that Senator Orji made this known in a telephone interview with newsmen.
He said that he had never contemplated leaving the PDP for any reason and that joining the ruling APC or any other political party was news to him.
He said: “I have never contemplated leaving the Peoples Democratic Party. At no time did I discuss with anybody and no time did I mention such to any individual or group because it is not in the pipeline and will never be there.
“Why would I want to leave my party, the Peoples Democratic Party? Whatever that is happening in my party is part of the developmental process of our great country. We all cannot and should not be in one political party. That is not how to develop democracy.
“Those spreading the rumours that I have concluded plans to join the APC or any other political party are just being mischievous or economical with the truth. I remain a member of the Peoples Democratic Party and have no intention to jettison my relationship with the party, not now, not tomorrow. I love my party.”
Orji called on his supporters not to panic and be relax as he has no intention leaving PDP.
“Let me tell you, if I decide to leave my party for any other party, the party I am going to join will be very happy because of my antecedents. I have a track record of success as a civil servant and in politics. I have electoral value. So don’t mind them, they just want me to notice them”, he said.
The former governor, who insisted that majority of those from the South East geo-political zone who were leaving or have left the PDP were doing so for personal reasons, pointed out that “Nigerians can serve Nigeria irrespective of their political inclinations.”
According to him, abandoning the party because of the crisis “is most uncharitable especially when majority of them have benefitted hugely from it”.
He added that the opposition party was very important for the development of any democracy.
Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported that Stanley Ohajiriuka, former Abia State House of Assembly Speaker and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), warned Theodore Amaefula Orji against joining the ruling party.
According to Ohajiriuka, it will be demeaning of Orji, a senator representing Abia North Central District in the Senate, to dump the PDP.
Ohajiriuka said that any attempt by Orji to join APC would mean he has betrayed former president, Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Patience.
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