Nwankpa also said that Kalu’s APC move means that the party is growing in the South-East.
Kalu, a former Abia Governor, in a surprise move that shocked most political pundits, decamped to the ruling APC on November 18, 2016.
He was a member of the PDP before he moved to launch his own party, the Progressives People Alliance (PPA).
Nwankpa also described Kalu’s move to the APC, as a sign that the party is growing in the South-East.
He also added that the ex-Governor’s move will give the APC the needed boost, describing him as an asset.
Nwankpa said “Orji Uzor Kalu is an asset to the party in the state, the Southeast and the country as a whole. I am sure he will use his wealth of experience in politics to grow the party in the zone. It is one of the landmark achievements of the leadership of the APC.The ruling PDP has become jittery with the influx of eminent politicians into the APC. The PDP is already afraid of 2019.”
Adding that “Today, we are witnesses to the number of bigwigs in Abia and southeast who have joined the party. It shows that we are becoming formidable and remains a party to beat in 2019 general election. I want to assure you that more aggrieved personalities are going to join the party.”
Some observers have alleged that the former Abia Governor defected to the APC to avoid being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Kalu has however debunked claims that he moved to APC because of his EFCC case, saying “My family members are here (APC) and I am coming to join them.
“All my friends are here. I am not saying my friends are not in the other party but it’s time to take stock. It is important to go along family lines in order to rebrand Nigeria. I am back to join where my family are.”
The EFCC is currently investigating the former Abia Governor following allegations of fraud levelled against him.