A former governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu has dumped his party, the Progressive Peoples Alliance, PPA.
The businessman said he took the decision after wide consultations with political associates, followers, loyalists and well-wishers.
The party was founded by Kalu in 2006, and produced Chief T. A Orji and Chief Ikedi Ohakim as governors of Abia and Imo states respectively in the 2007 polls.
The decision was made public in a November 14, 2016 letter he personally signed and addressed to the national chairman of the party.
He said in the letter that, “It is with a heavy heart, full of precious memories, profound appreciation and goodwill that I write to inform you of my decision to quit my membership of the PPA.
“As a founding member of the PPA, in 2006 and a former chairman of the BoT, I have been fortunate to have witnessed first hand, the growth of a party that grew out of the yearning of a people to challenge their intuition and their struggle to determine who governs them and how they should be governed.
“I gave to the PPA and that struggle the better part of my political life and the time has come for me to say thank you for the opportunity to have served a worthy cause, and to have been your flag bearer as candidate for the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“I must move on now and as Tennyson reminds us, “Though much has been taken, much still abides and though we are not now that strength which in old days moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are; one equal temper of heroic hearts, made weak by time and fate, but strong in will. To strive, to seek, to find and not to yield.
“And so, today, I officially resign my membership. Thank you and may God continue to guide the affairs of the PPA under your reign as national chairman.’’