Tribunal removes Kalu as senator for Abia North

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  • There’s nothing to worry about – OUK

The National and State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Abia State has nullified the election of Senator Orji Uzor Kalu.

The tribunal also ordered for a re-run election for the Abia North Senatorial District.

Kalu was elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the February 23 election.

The former governor of Abia State is currently the Senate Chief Whip.
Mao Ohuabunwa of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who served as senator for the district from 2015, had petitioned the tribunal challenging Kalu’s victory.

In his reaction, however, Kalu urged Abians not to lose hope, stressing that his mandate will be re-claimed at the Court of Appeal.

The politician polled 30,203 votes against his closest rival, Chief Mao Ohuabunwa who garnered 20,801 votes in the general election.

While admonishing members and stakeholders of the APC to remain strong, steadfast and law-abiding, Kalu noted that he will not relent in sustaining his goodwill at the grassroots.

In a statement signed by his media office on Monday, the former governor noted that his victory in the 2019 general election, was borne out of his popularity among the people, adding that justice can only be delayed but not denied.

He said: “Following the decision of the National and State Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Umuahia, I will appeal the decision of the tribunal at the Court of Appeal.

” The PDP candidate, Ohaubunwa, is not popular among the people and as such, my victory in the national assembly poll as landslide. 

“Any day, any time, the APC will defeat the PDP in Abia North Senatorial District. At the appropriate time, my mandate will be restored.”

Kalu expressed gratitude to Abians for their show of love and support before, during and after the 2019 general election.

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