2023: Southeast party Stalwart, Oji Kalu bares mind on his lawsuit against Mandela Obasi’s reelection

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Hon Otuwe Oji Kalu and the Peoples Democratic Party lawmaker, Mandela Obasi

2023: Southeast party Stalwart, Oji Kalu bares mind on his lawsuit against Mandela Obasi’s reelection

By Chinedu Emeruwa Chinedu

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress from the southeast, Otuwe Oji Kalu, has bared his minds in ongoing adjudication of his lawsuits challenging the outcome of the recently-conducted 2023 state election in Abia by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Recall that Kalu was also the flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress during the concluded state house of assembly poll for Ohafia north constituency emerged second place on conclusion of the exercise  in Abia state by the national electoral commission.

He contested the Abia assembly seat election alongside with the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Mr Mandela Obasi who took the first place, Okocha Uchenna Onuoha of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), came third place respectively on conclusion of the voting and collation process of results of the polls.

Against the backdrops of recent outcome of the concluded state election for Ohafia north state constituency seat, Mr Otuwe Kalu, approached the court with a petition, seeking its declaratory order to upturn announcement of the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Mandela Obasi, citing irregularities.

He also asked the court to affirm him as duly-elected member of the eighth leadership of Abia State House of Assembly for ohafia north constituency seat, having won the poll with the majority number of votes casts as constitutionally stipulated.

Speaking earlier at the weekend in Umuahia, after the adoption of final written addresses of the parties in his post-election suits by the Abia State House of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal, Kalu confided he will get justice against the irregularities that marred conduct of the concluded 2023 state house of assembly election held in all polling units across all the electoral wards in Ohafia north constituency in Abia state.

He also insisted he garnered the highest number of votes and should be declared as the duly-elected member representing Ohafia north constituency in Abia house of assembly.

The party stalwart described the continued occupation of ohafia constituency seat in state assembly by the Peoples Democratic Party as unjust and unknown to the laws of the land having failed to tally with the present modern democratic standard and constitutionally-recognized quorum.

He also applauded members of the election tribunal for their openness and proactiveness in ongoing adjudication of the post-election case in respect to his petitions, challenging the alleged electoral malpractices that occured during the concluded poll.

He further used the medium to urge his teeming supporters across all local wards in ohafia north to pray fervently for God’s intervention for anticipated victory of the party at the state election petition tribunal.

Otuwe Kalu also charged them to remain steadfast in their unflinching support to the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu led administration in the country to be able tackle and solve myriads of challenges impeding our efforts in enhancing economy and develop more critical Infrastructural projects in every parts of Nigeria.

 

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