The former governor of Abia State and Chairman of the newly formed G37, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu, has repudiated reports that the group was nursing the ambition metamorphosing into a political party.
Speaking through his Special Adviser, Oyekunle Oyewumi, Kalu, said G37 is just a gathering of like minds who have come together to share experiences and knowledge on the state of the Nigerian nation with the aim of contributing their own quota to the promotion of good governance for the betterment of Nigeria and Nigerians.
The politician vowed to remain a committed member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), noting that the G37′s membership cuts across different political parties and affiliations, religion and geographical zones, making it apolitical and neutral.
“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.”
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 some sections of 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.”
The former governor also explained that, Dr. Wale Babalakin is not a member of G37 but only came to visit a member of the group at the venue of the meeting.
In the same vein, Kalu hailed the appointment of Governor Godswill Akpabio, of Akwa Ibom State as the Chairman of PDP Governor’s forum adding that the decision was “a timely and welcome development that will add value to our great party PDP.”
Describing governor 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 Kalu 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 wellbeing of Nigerians.