The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has distanced itself from the statement by former Abia state governor, Orji Uzor Kalu, that members of the party sometimes killed to get rid of their rivals to attain power.
The party, in a statement by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, called on Kalu to come out clear on his statement as that cannot be associated with the PDP.
The former Abia State governor who made this statement in a video during the South-East APC caucus meeting in Abuja on Thursday said he was aware that politicians eliminated their rivals and other electorates so they can secure victory during elections.
”In any democracy, there is always a quarrel. In PDP, we used to kill people when we are doing all this things(congress) which is not good. People used to die,” he said.
Kalu, a former member of the PDP and governor from 1999 to 2007, defected to APC in November 2016.
The PDP said it believed Kalu spoke in his personal capacity and probably on issues concerning his activities.
“We state this because the PDP do not kill and has never asked or contracted any of its members or anybody for that matter to kill on its behalf, over any matter whatsoever.
“Since such a claim came from a person of the status and attainment of Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, we hold that he could have certain information that requires explanations to the public.
“The PDP remains a law-abiding political party, whose activities at all levels are guided by strong code of conduct and adherence to the laws of the land,” he said.