Chief Whip of the Senate and the former governor of Abia State, Senator Orji Kalu, has hailed the verdict the Appeal Court in Owerri, Imo State, where he was declared winner of Abia North Senatorial election.
In a statement by his Media Office, Kalu said he had been vindicated, assuring Abians Nigerians at large of his unwavering and determined efforts in advancing the cause of the people.
According to Kalu, the decision of the Appellate court has laid to rest rumours against his landslide victory in the election.
While admonishing Senator Mao Ohuabunwa of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other politicians in Abia state to join hands with him in driving development across the state, the Senate Chief Whip cautioned his supporters, associates and party faithful to be wary of their utterances and actions.
He added that all hands must be on deck to work collectively for the betterment of Abia North Senatorial District and Abia state at large.
Kalu further expressed appreciation to the incorruptible members of the Appellate panel, led by Justice Stephen Adah, for maintaining their integrity for the sake of Nigeria’s nascent democracy, noting that the rule of law must be upheld and respected at all times.
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 last 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.”