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G37 Not a Political Party, Says Kalu

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Date: 26th, FEBRUARY, 2013

Image: Chairman of G37, Chief. Orji Uzor Kalu.

The Chairman of G37, Chief. Orji Uzor Kalu, has dispelled insinuations that the group was nursing an ambition of forming and launching a new political party as claimed in some newspapers and an online news medium.

Speaking from Liberia, through his Special Adviser, Oyekunle Oyewumi, Kalu, a former governor of Abia State, said G37 was just a gathering of like minds who have come together to share experiences and knowledge on the state of the country with the aim of contributing their quota to the promotion of good governance for the betterment of Nigeria and Nigerians. Kalu, who said he remains a committed member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said the G37's membership cuts across different political parties and affiliations, religion and geographical zones, making it apolitical and neutral.

He further stated that the group was not an agent of any political party or individual, adding: "It is a selfless effort for the collective interest of our fatherland,-Nigeria and nothing else."

“We are working for the unity and progress of our country in order to make it a better place to live.  We are concerned about insecurity, employment creation, power and other infrastructure amongst others and this is the common vision we all share as members and agreed to maintain,” he said.

Kalu debunked the claim that the alleged single term agreement President Goodluck Jonathan had with some governors in 2011 was a discussion at the last meeting of the group held in Abuja on February 20, 2013, as reported in the media.

He said: “We are not a court of law and have no legal jurisdiction to take decisions in this regard and we are not interested in party politics as far as the group is concerned.  “We are concentrating our time and ideas to the corporate Nigeria project where an average Nigerian can vote and be voted for without fear or intimidation, sustaining our growing democracy.

“You will agree with me that once the voting right of the average Nigerian is protected, it will translate into good governance.

“We are only concerned with issues that will promote and sustain good governance where Nigerians can afford three square meals, live in peace and do their businesses in a friendly environment."
Kalu also clarified that Dr. Wale Babalakin, was not a member of G37 but only came to visit a member of the group at the venue of the meeting.
In another development, Kalu has hailed the appointment of Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State as the Chairman of PDP Governor’s forum.

He said the decision is “a timely and welcome development that will add value to our great party PDP.”

He described Akpabio as a tested, trusted and patriotic Nigerian who has the goodwill, experience and intellectual capacity to handle the challenging assignment, which is evident with his achievements in Akwa Ibom State.

He stated further that the PDP Governors' Forum was long overdue and thanked the party hierarchy for initiating the move at this time that all political parties are restructuring ahead of the forthcoming elections.

He noted that this will provide a platform and opportunity for the 26 PDP governors to come together under one roof to share practical experiences and strategies to drive the party manifesto for the well being of Nigerians.

He charged the leadership of the PDP Governors' Forum to see the assignment as selfless for the repositioning of the party and called on Akpabio to adopt a participatory approach so as to promote good working relations with his colleagues, the National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP and other stakeholders of the party.

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