The member representing Arochukwu/Ohafia Federal Constituency at the National Assembly, Hon. Uko Ndukwe Nkole of the PDP has congratulated the Senator-elect of Abia North Senatorial district, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu of the APC on his victory.
He said “I congratulate the man, God has chosen, the people have also made their choice and that is the essence of democracy. That he (Kalu) won should not be an issue. he is not for me (Uko Nkole), he is for Abia North, he is the senator representing Abia North and that is what it remains, irrespective of party affiliation”.
He also called on INEC to put to a halt the implementation of what he called non-existing law.
The Federal lawmaker who recently secured his re-election bid to the National Assembly made this call on Tuesday in a chat with ABN TV in his Abam hometown, Arochukwu local government area of Abia state.
He said the failure of president Muhammadu Buhari to accent to the electoral Act makes it possible for INEC to accredit voters manually. He expressed dissatisfaction that the electoral umpire has gone ahead to use the card reader as the sole means for accreditation, saying this is wrong.
“A non-existing law was introduced into the electoral process, I mean the card reader, you can recall that the president refused to sign into law, the law that will enable card readers as the sole means of accreditation but by the end of the day it was enforced on the people which I think it’s very wrong.
“INEC should do the proper thing. For me I still have about ten thousand (10,000) votes uncollected in Ohafia local government. The ones that were collected in Arochukwu local government are about seventeen thousand (17,000) or thereabout. They were also equally deflected owing for the reason of card reader which never functioned” he said.
Hon. Nkole called on INEC to respect the laws of the land, insisting that their guidelines should not supercede the provisions of the constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria. He however maintained that both card reader and the manual register should be used simultaneously.
“When the card reader malfunctions, automatically they should reverse back to the manual register, afterall the card reader is not even dependent, it depends on the register for final identification. We are just elongating the process” Hon. Nkole said
On his re-election, he said “it was not that rosy for me to be re-elected. I thank the voters for the trust they have on him. I have not done all what I am supposed to do that is why I was seeking for re-election”
Hon. Nkole appreciated the trust and confidence from his people that was expressed through their votes. Uko added that he won’t betray their trust and they will be happy they gave their votes.
Speaking about his opponent that lost out in the election, Uko said: “I want them to join hands with me. I had a very formidable opponent or opposition but power comes from God so I expect that they should join me. I extend the olive branch to them. They should come, we are all brothers. I want that spirit of brotherhood, election is not a do or die affair.”
He however affirmed that there was no political clash during the process of election and after elections, party matters goes aside and the senators representing Abia state are not there for individual reasons but for the sake of the people and development of the region and they do synergize for the sake of the people. “After election, governance begins” Uko added.
He enjoined Abians to vote for PDP and re-elect Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu as governor, appealing that the chatter of equity should be respected.
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