People of Abia North Senatorial Zone have lauded the Chief Whip of the Senate, Orji Uzor Kalu for his effective representation in less than four years at the National Assembly, urging his opponents to withdraw from the senatorial race.
The constituents expressed their appreciation on Thursday when Senator Kalu visited some wards in Isikwuato Local Government Area in commencement of his 2023 reelection campaign.
The wards visited by Senator Kalu include: Ogudu-asa ward 5, Acha/Amachara ward 16, Ezere ward 2, Ovim ward 15, Imenyi ward 1, Imenyi ward 2 and 14, where the people maintained that those contesting against him were wasting their time.
Madam Mary Otiegbe, a woman leader from Amaibo, Ogudu-asa ward 5, told our correspondent that the people of the area would give Senator Kalu their maximum support for constructing the road in their community.
She said: ” If they come with their money, we shall collect it and vote against them. Those contesting against Senator Orji Uzor Kalu are wasting their time because we won’t vote for them. What have they done for our people to warrant our votes? Orji Uzor Kalu constructed the road in this community, gave us electricity, renovated our schools, distributed education materials, empowered our women and youths. We don’t know any candidate outside Orji Uzor Kalu,” she said.
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At Acha/Amachara ward, the former Chairman of Isikwuato Local Government Area, Hon. Chris Ajah described Senator Kalu as a friend to Acha people, pledging the support and loyalty of the community to the former Abia State Governor. He specifically commended Kalu for the ongoing road project in the community and for sponsoring their children to study Medicine and Surgery in South America.
At Imenyi Ward 1, another community leader, Chief Nwakanma Ike dismissed Kalu’s opponents, describing them as failed and weak politicians with nothing to offer the people.
He said: “Your Excellency, you’ve never lost Imenyi ward 1 from inception, even when elections were rigged. This time around, it is going to be an overwhelming victory for you. This election is OUK versus OUK.”
Hon. Royal Okereke, Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Isikwuato Local Government Area, assured Senator Kalu of their support and vowed to deliver the local government for the party.
According to him, Kalu’s outstanding performance would give the party maximum victory at the polls. He pointed out that Kalu’s opponents have nothing to campaign with, describing them as inconsequential.
“Your Excellency, Isikwuato Local Government Area is proud of your outstanding performance. You’ve redefined representation through the construction of rural roads, distribution of education materials, installation of solar street lights, renovation of schools and scholarships to our children. We are going to give you all our votes.”
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