- Ex-Abia state governor Kalu says his contributions to the Peoples Democratic Party were so immense that he practically owned the party
- Billionaire businessman Kalu says he gave PDP its first N500m and also contributed N100m towards the presidential ambition of ex-Nigerian leader Olusegun Obasanjo, who was PDP leader from 1999 to 2007.
- Kalu says based on his contributions, if the PDP were a company, he would already own 90 per cent of its shares
Billionaire businessman and former governor of Abia state Orji Uzor Kalu has claimed ownership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Daily Post reports that Kalu said this on Monday, March 20 in Washington DC, capital of the United States of America, during a dinner.
He slammed his former party for treating him poorly despite being one of the foundation members and noted that his contributions to the party were so immense he practically owned it.
Kalu claimed he gave the party its first N500m and also financially supported the election of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
He noted that based on these contributions, if the PDP were a company, he would already own 90 per cent of its share and therefore be the legitimate owner.
He said, “All of you know that if the PDP were a company, I ought to own 90 per cent of it because in 1998, I gave the party its first N500m.
“By then, I wasn’t in government. I also gave the presidential candidate, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, over N100m in 1998.
“How many Nigerians would have done that? Yet the same government, the same PDP, took my bank, took my airline, took my oil licence to put me out of business entirely because I proposed that I must run for president in 2007; I also opposed the 3rd term, which they are denying today.”
Kalu, who was the governor of Abia State under the PDP from 1999 to 2007, joined the ruling All Progressives Congress in November 2016.