Abia leaders and human rights lawyers from the state have described the ambition of former Governor Orji Uzor Kalu to occupy the office of Deputy Senate President as a joke taken too far.
They also said those who endorsed the former Abia State governor last week as reported in the media, were “faceless Arewa youth” rented for that purpose by the senator-elect.
Speaking at a news conference in Abuja, Sunday,the coordinator of the group under the aegis of Abia Leaders and Human Right Lawyers, Uche Okoroafor, asked senators-elect to reject Kalu for the position of Deputy Senate President given that he lacks experience for the office.
“Our attention has been drawn to the ambition of the former governor of Abia State, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu and his purported endorsement by some faceless and rented groups for the office of Deputy Senate President of the 9th Senate.
“We see his ambition as another joke taken too far and we make bold to ask our most respected senators-elect to reject this former governor’s ambition in order to save the 9th Senate from another controversial beginning,” he said in a prepared text read before newsmen.”
He added: ”The revered office of the Deputy President of the Senate should not go for the highest bidder as in the thinking of the former governor.
“Only last week a cross section of rented Arewa youth was reported to have endorsed him for the job.
“The former governor was alleged to have dole out several billions of naira in the execution of this project .
“The former governor has never hidden his desperate desire to grab this job and his desperately doing it in his own way as he boldly said in a recent outburst.
“We ask our distinguished senators elect to shine their eyes . We cannot afford to make another mistake that will drag the name of the Senate to the mud.
”It’s also laughable for someone who knows he would soon go for a rerun, to have embarked on such a wild gooses chase.
“Rather than the former governor to support the quest for a South East speaker in the 9th House of Representatives, he is busy embarking on desperate ambition of becoming the next Deputy Senate President.”
He asked: ”Between speaker and Deputy Senate President, which one will do the Igbos more favour? And why would a self acclaimed leader trade-off the speakership with Deputy Senate President?”
PDP Protest Attempt To Overthrow Buhari — Uzodinma
Imo Governor Hope Uzodinma has accused sponsors of the nationwide protest on Sunday and Monday of attempting to bring down the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Uzodinma also urged the federal government and security agencies to investigate the real intention of the sponsors of such protest across the nation
The governor spoke on Monday when scores of the supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Imo State staged a solidarity rally for him over his victory at the Supreme Court.
According to him, the nationwide protest by the PDP members was an attempt to overthrow the federal government.
“Why are they organising a nationwide protest on an event that happened in Imo? If they didn’t have ulterior motive to bring down the government, you they could have held the rally in Imo State, where the supreme Court passed a judgement?”
He insisted: “We are one united and indivisible country. We did not challenge the election on the grounds of violence or over voting, but we asked the court to add our votes which INEC did not include”
The governor urged the people of the state to go about their normal businesses because “I’m in charge and it is by the grace of God that I’m your governor”.
State Deputy chairman, Ugochukwu Nzekwe, while addressing the mammoth crowd, stated that the party members were on a solidarity rally to show that the people of the state were happy with Senator Hope Uzodinma as their new governor.
PDP Plotting To Impeach Me — Uzodinma Cries Out
The newly installed governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma has raised alarm that there is an alleged plan for him to be impeached.
Uzodinma said the plan is the handiwork of The People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in Imo State.
Oguike Nwanchukwu, the Chief Secretary and Media Adviser to the governor said that the plan has already been exposed.
“We know the game plan of the PDP because we are aware that they have been secretly inciting Imo State House of Assembly members to think of how to impeach the governor. So they are trying to rake up anything they can, even falsehood, to incite the public.”
Recall that the former governor of the State, Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic party was sacked by the court on Tuesday, January 14th and Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress, APC, was declared the winner of the just concluded governorship election.
Supreme Court Upholds Elections Of Plateau, Bauchi Govs
The supreme court has upheld the elections of Simon Lalong, governor of Plateau state, and Bala Mohammed, his Bauchi counterpart.
In Plateau, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Lalong, who contested the March election under the All Progressives Congress (APC), winner, but Jeremiah Useni, his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rival, had challenged his victory.
Useni had earlier lost at the tribunal and court of appeal.
Mohammaed Abubakar of the APC had also challenged the victory of Mohammed who contested under the platform of the PDP.
Like Useni, Abubakar lost at the tribunal and appeal court but headed to the supreme court.
At the apex court on Monday, Sylvester Ngwuta, the judge who headed the seven-man panel, dismissed the appeal filed by Useni and Abubakar.