Senator representing Abia North senatorial district and Chief Whip of the Senate, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu, has said that the affirmation of his election by the Appeal Court has confirmed his victory over the PDP candidate, Senator MAO Ohuabunwa in the February 23 election.
The Justice Stephen Adah led panel had today, Thursday 7, 2019 upheld the election of Kalu in their ruling on the Appeal brought by Kalu, against the decision of the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal, Umuahia which ordered a rerun poll in some polling units in three local government areas of Abia North senatorial district.
Kalu, in a statement by his Media Office said the judgement has vindicated him and a testimony that his people overwhelmingly voted for him.
According to Kalu, the decision of the Appellate Court has laid to rest rumours over his victory in the February 23 election.
He urged Senator Mao Ohuabunwa of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other politicians in Abia State to work collectively for the betterment of Abia North Senatorial District and Abia state at large.
The Senator equally commended stakeholders and members of the APC for their unshakable loyalty to the party, stressing that the APC will continue to grow from strength to strength.
The statement reads: “As we rejoice today, following the affirmation of the victory of our party, APC in the February 23, 2019 National Assembly election in Abia North Senatorial District, I urge our party members, loyalists, supporters and other stakeholders not to engage in any verbal and physical attack with our opponents.
“We have been vindicated by the appellate court and we shall continue to sustain our exemplary qualities, which are anchored on the ideals of the APC.
“The time is now to consolidate our achievements thus far, with a view to doing more for the masses.
“Let us come together, regardless of party affiliation, to find lasting solutions to the challenges facing our people, especially the down trodden in our communities.
“All efforts must be harmonized to drive sustainable growth and development across Abia State.
“Politics should be seen as an opportunity to serve and unite the people and not a tool for disharmony and social vices.
“Over the years, we have been provoked and we have been attacked by our political rivals.
“However, because of our ideals, we have been law-abiding citizens for the sake of nation building.
“With the verdict of the Court of Appeal, it is clear that justice can be delayed but not denied.”