Why I want to run for Abia North senatorial seat —Kalu

Orji Uzor Kalu

Former Abia State governor, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu, at the weekend, attributed his interest to run for the Abia North senatorial seat on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to his resolve to serve the people of the state.

He, however, hinged his belief and optimism on God despite the bickerings by some politicians in the state who are against his ambition.

Kalu, who spoke to some journalists at the Lagos Airport on his way to the Middle East, declared that he would continue to pursue the ongoing reconciliation in the ruling PDP despite distractions from the Abia State chapter of the party.

His words: ‘‘Last week, I picked my nomination form at Wadata Plaza. I decided to run for Senate after several calls by the good people of Abia North for better representation. I and Governor T.A Orji are from different senatorial zones and more so, the mandate belongs to the people. No one has monopoly of power to make anyone senator except God and your constituents.

“I believe that the beauty of democracy is fair play and the president has promised a level playing field for all aspirants. Before venturing into politics, I had been empowering my people when I was in public office; so, based on this, I rest assured of victory.”

He, however, commended government for addressing the insecurity affecting the country, while also calling on traditional rulers and leaders of thought to educate their subjects on the negative effects of terrorism.

> “ Boko haram has been surmounted to a large extent. We must commend the efforts of the federal government and support of foreign countries and international agencies in curbing terrorism.”

> On Chibok girls, he accused politicians of over heating the issue saying: “though I feel very pained as a father too. However, we must not forget that the President is trying his best and having sleepless night over the abduction of these girls. We all need to work together without been partisan to collectively salvage the situation.

> “The bring back our girls campaign is commendable as they have created awareness and put government on their toes in finding a lasting solution to the menace. I want to appeal to Emirs and leaders of thought to continue to educate the people on the negative effect of terrorism to the nation as nothing strive in an atmosphere of unrest.

> We should keep praying for the country as we approach election year and politicians should embrace the spirit of sportsmanship in the forthcoming elections.”