The Hausa community in Abia has expressed the main reason they voted the former governor of the state, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu in the just concluded National Assembly election in the state.
In a chat with ABN TV on Thursday, one of the leaders of Hausa community in the state, Alhaji Isiaka Adamu said they believe that there should be synergy between the federal and the state government. He said they voted for the All Progressive Congress (APC) Abia North senatorial candidates, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu in the just concluded election because they believe he can bring about positive impact in the state.
When pressed for the reason why they made their choice of candidate, Alhaji Bala Abubakar
“For senate, I voted for our former governor, Dr. Orji Kalu because I like him, and he likes people and I saw his works. I have been living in Abia for about twenty one years. When OUK was a governor. We have our mosque, he is the one that built it, that is the central mosque in Abia state.”
“Every reasonable person that was fully on ground when PDP and APC candidates were making their promises, that person will know that voting the other side of the party will land us into avert big problem. For me personally I voted Muhammadu Buhari and the reason I also voted other legislative members from senate to House of Representatives was because of the antecedence between Saraki and Buhari. I voted for Nkechi Nworgu.” Alhaji Isiaka Adamu said.
“Nkechi Nworgu gave us bore hole water in our mosque in the past when she was in the senate” another member of the community Yahaya added.
He continued. “Orji Uzor Kalu is a man with a difference, when he was governor, he carried the Hausa people along, not just that, and he did a lot of things for us from the north in Abia state”
“He built the cattle market when we were sacked from Imo state, Okigwe. It was Orji Uzor Kalu that rescued our people by resettling our people in the cattle market in Lukpanta, and you can go there and see things for yourself. That cattle market is the largest cattle market in this part of the country. Orji Uzor Kalu gave us that market without collecting a dine from us, we didn’t pay one kobo to government. We have the largest settlement of Hausa in that market”
“The onions market at Aba, Urata, it’s along the express road. That Onions market was given to us by Orji Uzor Kalu, free of charge, and it is the largest Onion market you can have around here. Our traders are free to trade freely in that place.”
“Orji Uzor Kalu did a lot to ensure we had harmonious peace among our host community. He carried us along to the extent that he also gave us appointment, he gave some of us appointment in the government when he was the governor of Abia state and that is the first time this community has ever experienced that kind of appointment.” Alhaji Muhammed Adam said.
“Orji Uzor Kalu is not going to be just an ordinary senator, He is going to be an extra ordinary senator, and I am calling on other APC senators to support Orji Uzor Kalu to become the next senate president. I call on all APC caucus to zone that senate seat to the south east. Orji Uzour Kalu is the best candidate. The reason is because he is a detribalized Nigerian. He also has the well withal to pilot the affairs of the National assembly. He will maintain the harmonious relationship between the president and national assembly while he will also respect the principle of division of power. In fact we the northern community in Abia state has endorsed him as senate president” Alhaji sanusi Idris said.
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