Chief Mascot Uzor Kalu, a former Chief of Staff to Abia State Governor has reacted to a statement credited to his elder brother and Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, saying he did not officially inform him of his decision to launch a new political party, Action Peoples Party, APP.
Chief Mascot Uzor Kalu in a statement signed by his aide, Rev Okey Umezie noted that Kalu and Mascot were relating well as siblings.
He said, “Today, we read the statement by the Chief Whip of the Senate, Distinguished Senator Orji Uzor Kalu where he reacted to the launching of the Action Peoples Party, APP.
“While we acknowledge his position as the father of Abia politics, it is pertinent we address some of the issues he raised in his statement.
“Chief Mascot Uzor Kalu alongside other Abia APC leaders visited Distinguished Senator Orji Uzor Kalu at his Igbere home during the last Christmas Holiday with a cow and drinks to inform him of their decision to quit the APC.
“While we acknowledge the role played by Senator Kalu and other leaders of the party to persuade Chief Mascot Uzor Kalu and others from defecting, Chief Mascot Uzor Kalu has the right to take decision on his political future since the APC refused to acknowledge his sacrifices for the party.
“It is also imperative to inform Senator Orji Uzor Kalu that since Chief Mascot Uzor Kalu had during the Christmas Holiday informed him of his decision to leave the APC, there was no need informing him again about the launching of Action Peoples Party, APP.
“Chief Mascot Uzor Kalu and others who launched APP in Abia State have no issues or whatever with Distinguished Senator Orji Uzor Kalu. He remains our leader even though we are not in the same political party.
“It is important to let Abians know that APP is a party for all and for the good of Abians. We are not in APP to fight anyone but to rescue Abians from bad governance. Senator Orji Kalu and his brother Mascot are not the first siblings to be in different political parties. The Honorable Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Uche Ogah and his brother, Amobi are in different political parties with one running for Governor, with the other running for Isikwuato/Umunneochi house of representatives seat.
“In Kwara, Bukola Saraki is in PDP aspiring to be President and his sister, Gbemi Saraki is in APC as a Federal Minister. Therefore, Mascot is not the first to have a different political ideology from his brother.
“APP is coming to rescue Abians in 2023. It is important we support them to succeed. It is a party of equity, justice and fairness.”
Speaking on zoning, Umezia said APP has zoned its governoship ticket to Abia North Senatorial district, Deputy to Umunneato axis of Abia Central and Speaker to Ukwa blog in Abia South.
He noted that the party has a working document on the zoning of Abia State governoship for the next 20 years.