Following the Victory of Sen. Mao Ohuabunwa in the just concluded Abia North Senatorial Re-run election, in which the former governor of the state Orji Uzor Kalu was defeated by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), a group, Abia Transparency Netwok has called on the former governor to accept his defeat in good faith.
This was contained in a statement by the Leader of the group, Mazi Kanu Ikeogu, while addressing a world press conference on Wednesday in Ohafia.
According to the statement, Kalu and his hoodlums had resorted to name calling, blackmail and propaganda.
The group further alleged that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) erred by proclaiming Ohuabunwa, winner of the election.
Ikeogu said “It is a well-known fact that Senator Mao Ohuabunwa won the election in a transparent manner. The electoral verdict delivered on 5th March 2016 is a clarion call on Orji Kalu to leave Abia politics alone.
“Orji Uzor Kalu mismanaged the resources of Abia state for eight years, stole our common patrimony and allegedly carted away equipment meant to revive Abia state newspaper (Ambassador) to Lagos to establish his tabloid which has been waging a relentless campaign of calumny against Sen Mao Ohuabunwa. Before the election, Orji Uzor Kalu had boasted that he will win the election with a landslide.”
He noted that Kalu’s rejection at the polls, “was a wake-up call to all public officers that the electorate in Nigeria can no longer be taken for a ride” adding that “the days of impunity are over.”
Ikeogu said, “Orji Kalu had his days but wasted it. A visit to his palatial home in his native town (Igbere) will expose him to public odium. The Sun newspaper is fast losing its credibility because of its partisanship and bias.
“The people of Abia North have spoken – Orji Uzor Kalu should retire to the political wilderness where he rightly belongs. It is reprehensible and odious for Orji Uzor Kalu to continue distracting the peoples’ Senator who within a very short time in national assembly has drawn national attention to the parlous state of the Arochukwu/Ohafia Federal road and others in the South East.”
“The people of Abia North have spoken and no amount of propaganda and blackmail would subvert the popular will of the people as expressed in Senator Mao Ohuabunwa’s victory delivered in the just concluded Abia North Senatorial rerun election, the group stated.