Abia bye-election: Why we won’t challenge PDP winner – APC candidate


The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the Aba North/South Federal Constituency by election, Hon. Mascot Uzor Kalu, has alleged that the election, which produced the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Hon Chimaobi Ebisike, was married by irregularities.

In a statement he signed Sunday, Kalu, who is the younger brother to former Abia state governor, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, congratulated Ebisike on being declared winner by the Resident Electoral Commission (REC), Prof Joseph Iloh.
He however, said hee was more interested in the progress of the constituency and his people than getting enmeshed in court cases over the election.

The statement reads: “The March 27, 2021 Aba North and Aba South Federal Constituency by-election is over, and Peoples  Democratic Party (PDP) has been declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Committee (INEC). We appeal to our members to accept the outcome of the elections in good faith, while appreciating them for making the party stronger in Abia.
“While the opposition wanted the election at all cost, we chose life over blood shed and therefore won lives and lost the polls. To us, that was a greater victory.

“The level of thuggery, violence and rigging that occurred in the election calls for a deeper review of our electoral laws. Every country is peculiar to its people. Nigerians should support the electoral laws that are being amended as they would assist us in getting our democracy strengthened.

“The electoral laws, as it is, renders the security agencies with arms weak in the face of violence at the polls and therefore needs a revisit. Granted that the armless police should be inside the polling units, the armed should be within fifty meters away from the units. 
“Our opponents flooded the city with thugs numbering over 20, 000. Traders were threatened with text messages to keep away or lose their lives. 

“My campaign officers and our party agents were kidnapped. Even the Resident Electoral Commission (REC), Prof Joseph Iloh, was manhandled by thugs at the Aba Polytechnics.”
He added: “We campaigned vigorously and Aba people were expectant of improvement from what late Ossy Prestige of blessed memory did. My only concern is that Aba people lost. They lost a quality representation and chance to have added infrastructure in Aba. 

“We were winning in more than 400 polling units and they kept using thugs to harass the INEC officials and scare our voters. Our voters ran for their lives. In a city with over 497,000 voting strength, less than 15,000 votes were recorded in the entire election. 
“I commend the INEC and  security agents, who were overwhelmed and I congratulate them for their services and the risk they took to protect the citizens.

“I also thank the National Chairman of the Caretaker Extraordinary Committee,  His Excellency, Gov. Mai Mala Buni, Aba North and South Party Chairmen and all our party faithfuls for their support in the election.
“Even though we have enough evidence to reclaim our mandate, we won’t be going to the court. This is to allow the declared winner to concentrate and provide good representation and infrastructure to the good people of Aba.
“Once again I thank the Aba people for coming out en masse to vote for the APC and I congratulate the winner, Chimaobi Ebisike and the PDP,  not because they won but because it’s gentlemanly to do so.”

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