BY Alfred Agudiebube
The All Progressives Congress (APC), Abia State Chapter has rejected the judgement of the National and State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Umuahia which nullified the election of Senator Orji Uzor Kalu.
The tribunal which nullified the election went further to order for a supplementary election in the polling units affected in the petition submitted by the Peoples Democracy Party (PDP), candidate for the Abia North Senatorial District election, Senator Mao Ohuabunwa.
The APC in a statement by its spokesman in the state, Comrade Benedict Godson said that the party vehemently reject the decision of the tribunal.
He urged all Abians, APC supporters and ever dedicated followers of Dr. Orji Uzor-Kalu’s political history to remain calm as every legal procedure will be followed to appeal the judgement.
“We reject the judgement of the tribunal completely. We call on everyone, Abians, party supporters and the ever dedicated followers of OUK political history to remain calm as every necessary legal means will be applied to appeal this judgement,” he said.
It will be recalled that INEC had in the February 2019 NASS election declared Orji Uzor-Kalu of APC the winner of the election ahead of Sen. Mao Ohuabunwa of PDP and others.
Meanwhile, the two time Abia Governor has also reacted by urging all Abians not to lose hope, stressing that his mandate will be re-claimed at the Court of Appeal.
In a statement signed by his media office on Monday, Kalu admonished members and stakeholders of the APC to remain strong, steadfast and law-abiding, stressing that he will not relent in sustaining his goodwill at the grassroots.
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.
The statement reads, “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.”
FROM THE TOWER OF TRUTH