AFTER two failed attempts to make it to the Senate, former governor of Abia State, Dr Orji Kalu, is hoping his popularity will enable him scale through in Saturday’s National Assembly election.
Kalu is contesting the seat for Abia North senatorial district, held by Senator Mao Ohuabunwa.
In a statement Thursday by Mr Kunle Oyewumi of the Orji Kalu Campaign Group, in Abuja, Kalu told his supporters in his country home, Igbere, that he will emerge victorious at the rescheduled elections on Saturday, February 23.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Kalu promises to use his victory to provide quality representation to the zone. He said that the people of the zone, would vehemently resist any attempt by anybody to rig the elections.
According to him: “I am a firm believer in democracy, I do not have to connive with officials of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) before winning any election.”
Despite that, he said that “we must remain vigilant to frustrate any plan by anyone to thump-print ballot papers and fill result sheets before the poll.”
He called on INEC and security agencies to be vigilant to ensure the exercise was not manipulated. According to him, Abia people are tired of falsification of election results.
Said Kalu: “My goodwill in Abia will give me victory in a free, fair and credible poll. I am not afraid of election, my antecedents and accomplishments in all spheres of life will continue to speak for me.
“I have paid my dues and my desire to represent the people of Abia North in the Senate is borne out of my passion for community service and good governance.
“During my tenure as governor of Abia, I offered free education and free healthcare, salaries and pensions were paid. I understand the challenges of our people and I have the political sagacity to take our communities to the Next Level.”