To us in Abia North, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu is beyond the general natural person in politics, no, rather he is a political ideology and a doctrine.
Let me start by thanking the good and industrious people of Abia North Senatorial District for their firm belief and unintimidated support for the All Progressives Congress (APC) and President Muhammadu Buhari sequel to the fact that a beloved son of Abia North with whom we are well pleased, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu symbolizes the party (APC) and the president in Abia North,that shows the level of confidence we have in Senator Kalu which was conspicuously evidenced in the last general elections.
Little wonder the sad, cold and moody atmosphere that engulfed the whole communities and local governments of Abia North District and the entire Abia State when the news of the Judgment of the State and National Assembly Tribunal filtered into the ears of the people, the majority of Abia North people both at home and in diaspora stopped at nothing by words and conducts to register their rejection at the development, the people are not happy about the judgement, despite that nothing has gone wrong yet, this is not to exaggerate the scenario but the factual situation on ground, the reason is simple, anything tilting towards touching Dr.Kalu is concurrently touching the souls of our people. Anybody who can move around the senatorial district and the state will surely concur and corroborate with this glaring truth and we know that what informed this feeling is because the people are sure of quality representation with Kalu at the senate which has already started in earnest in all ramifications.
It is not in our position to embark on the voyage of analyzing the judgement of the tribunal on this platform, knowing fully well that sometimes that is how legal positivism functions, and we know that whenever a competent court gives judgement, those concerned can only echo “as the court pleases” not minding any opinion to the contrary because it is binding at the moment,the position of Section 6 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria(As Amended) explains this,also the tribunal being a creation of the same constitution under section 285, but the beautiful thing about our legal system is the inalienable right of appeal and we know Senator Kalu shall timeously and vigilantly do the needful, it is our firm believe that the appellate court shall restore the mandate given to Dr.Kalu by our people because in our opinion, one thing the court shall always seek not to do, is to replace the wisdom of the people with the wisdom of the court on electoral matters, so it is good that the court shall always give judgement that reflects the will of the people to uphold democracy. Let me also establish without equivocations that majority of our people in Abia North align with the party (APC) to reject the judgement.
However, the majority of Abia North constituents who are Kalu’s supporters are very confident at present, this is because in all fairness we know that Senator Kalu won the election ab initio and under a free and fair atmosphere nobody has the capacity and political goodwill to win him in elections in Abia state of today? OUK can never lose the election to anybody, for now, this is because nobody has equalled his records in impacting positively in the lives of our people.
It is also correct to say, there is no known name in Abia politics in whatever political party the person may belong today that did not receive a boost from Kalu and he remains the best. Every person, politicians and non politicians, even a toddler knows that he won the election in an earth-shaking manner,without any form of rigging and malpractice and has been winning even in the previous elections without being declared due to the vendetta of few despotic, imperious and lordly interlopers from other senatorial districts who also rose to the top through Kalu’s political machinery and later turned against where they were coming from, everybody in Abia if not Nigeria knows this.
It is our firm belief that Senator Kalu shall still defeat all opposing forces, even if the election is conducted 100 times more he shall win 100 times, that is the impulse of our people and nothing can change it for now, anybody can move around and obtain their opinions little wonder too why Senator Kalu is unruffled and undisturbed rather he is the one urging our people to remain calm and law-abiding as a modest and civilized gentleman.
The status quo is that Dr Orji Uzor Kalu is the Chief Whip of the Nigerian Senate and the Senator representing Abia North, this position has not been vacated legally, the court gave him 30 days to appeal this judgement and it is not possible that he shall not do the needful. We believe a notice of appeal and a stay order shall be served upon parties soonest and that shall make for a preclusion from any further action regarding the judgement.
Ex nihilo nihil fit, nothing comes from nothing and no one can build a castle in the air. Former Senator Mao remains former, there is no base anymore for him to win, he cannot win anything so long as it is between him and Senator Kalu. From the political perspective nothing can remove our ebullient Senator Kalu from that seat, so long as the enthronement power is resting on our people, those of us who participate in the political field, our opinions are not on hearsay premise, therefore we can confidently say OUK is the man engraved in the heart of our people it is not in doubt that the people are standing by him.
The PDP candidate is not popular with due respect to him, we don’t know if he is popular in diaspora but not in Abia North. Bearing in mind that the court-ordered for a supplemental election in few wards in two local governments out of five and our amiable Senator is already leading with over 10,000 votes, how many are the registered voters in those units? how many of those registered voters are active voters? Shall all the electorates vote only for one candidate? How can another person win except Senator Kalu? Abia north is APC, in the five local governments that make up the Abia North, three are being represented by APC at the House of Representatives, PDP has been swept away with our brooms.
Without equivocations, we shall invoke our common conscience and socio-political reinforcement to lawfully resist any external force that is out to truncate the will of our people.
In Abia North, we are consistent believers in the ideology known as Senator Dr Orji Uzor Kalu, we are devoted members of the APC and we are unrepentant supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Noble Uche Agbaeze
Abia North Constituent
Member APC Presidential Campaign Council/Presidential Support Committee
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