An international businessman and Chief Executive Officer of Embassy Wine World, Emeka Bassey Ekpe, has declared support for the re-election of Senator Orji Uzor Kalu.
The Ohafia-born businessman also promised to mobilised voters for Kalu, who is the Senator representing Abia North Senatorial District.
He stated this in a chat with newsmen in Umuahia on Saturday evening.
According to Ekpe, Kalu’s performance in the Senate is unprecedented in the history of the state. He lauded Kalu for attracting quality projects to Abia North Senatorial District, urging the people of the zone to unite and reelect overwhelmingly.
“Senator Orji Uzor Kalu has performed wonderfully well as a Senator. His performance is not in doubt; even Mao Ohuabunwa his opponent would vote for him. No one is contesting against him because the people has seen his performance.
“We have had Senators before in our zone but none of them achieved half of what Senator Orji Uzor Kalu has done so far. This is an opportunity to announce my support for re-election,” he said.
Similarly, a political group in Abia State, Concerned Abians Development Initiative (CADI), has endorsed the Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, as its consensus candidate for the 2023 Abia North Senatorial election.
The Leader of the group, Dr. Lawrence Ubani, in a statement issued on behalf of the group members in Umuahia, stated that the entire stakeholders, various youth groups, traditional rulers and community leaders in the state were well pleased with the choice of Senator Orji Uzor Kalu as the consensus candidate for Abia North Senatorial District election.
According to Ubani, “The group, therefore, calls on other candidates in the Abia North Senatorial race to accept the choice of Kalu for the interest of peace and development of the state and withdraw their aspirations to honour the decision of the leaders of the state.
“The group equally commends Distinguished Senator Orji Uzor Kalu for redefining the business of lawmaking by attracting dividends of democracy to Abia North Senatorial District and Abia State in general.
“What you’re doing in Abia North is unprecedented in the history of Abia State. Senator Orji Uzor Kalu has attracted development across the three Senatorial District. If others achieved half of what you’re doing today, Abia North and indeed Abia State would be first in road network in Nigeria.”
Ubani, who is a renowned medical doctor, further called on other candidates in the race to accept the choice of Kalu in the interest of peace, unity and progress of the state.
He however, maintained that what Kalu needed is the corporation of political stakeholders to bring more development to the Senatorial District and Abia State in general.
“This is the time to shun bitterness and unite for the overall development of the state. We have seen that the political atmosphere is filled with bitterness, acrimony and jealousy. We must set them aside, unite and support a performing lawmaker like Senator Orji Uzor Kalu to bring more development to our state. Those contesting against should immediately step down for down.
The right thing to do is to commend Senator Kalu for what he is doing and even beg him to run in 2023. We are using this opportunity to tell his opponents to all down step and join hand with Senator Orji Uzor Kalu to bring more development to our state,” the statement said.