Emmanuel Ugwu, Umuahia
The Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu has been urged to stop making a caricature of Abia State with his spurious claims that he had established RUGA settlements in the state when he was governor.
Senator Mao Ohuabunwa gave the charge yesterday in a chat with journalists in Umuahia, saying that Kalu’s unguarded utterances were at variance with the position of the people and state he supposedly represents in the Senate.
“Abia North has become a caricature in a few months that Kalu entered the Senate,” Ohuabunwa lamented, noting that the people of Abia North were embarrassed and ashamed of the activities of the former governor.
He said that Kalu should emulate the senators that had represented Abia North in the past, including Senators Ike Nwachukwu, late Senator Uche Chukwumerije who had always stood with the people on any national issue.
Meanwhile, the legal tussle to bring Kalu back from Senate would resume on Monday after the resumed hearing was stalled last Tuesday when it was discovered that some exhibits in the custody of the tribunal had disappeared.
Ohuabunwa, who is the immediate past Abia North senator, is in the panel two of the National and State Assemblies Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Umuahia challenging the outcome of the February 23, 2019 senatorial election for Abia North in which Kalu was declared victorious by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)
The shocking discovery of the missing documents came to light when the witnesses assembled by the petitioner, Senator Mao Ohuabunwa, were being led in evidence by the counsel to the petitioner, Mr. Mike Onyeka who wanted the witnesses to identify the exhibits filed with the tribunal.