Ohuabunwa, Kalu's rival speaks on ex-Abia gov’s imprisonment


Sen. Mao Ohuabunwa, who represented Abia North Senatorial District in the Eighth Senate, says his regret over the incarceration of Sen. Orji Kalu is the abandonment of constituency projects he started.

Kalu was convicted of N7.56 billion fraud on December 5 and sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Ohuabunwa, who contested the 2019 poll on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, but lost to Kalu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), spoke with newsmen in Umuahia on Monday.

He said: “I regret that presently, Abia north is not being represented. I am worried and bothered that the district does not have a voice in the senate.

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“I had projects and my plan is that going into the ninth Assembly, the projects, especially health centres, would continue.

“I am bothered because the projects, including the Bende-Ohafia-Arochukwu Road, which I am passionate about because it is personal to me, will be very difficult to realise “because there is nobody to lobby for their completion”.

Ohuabunwa said that it was not within his power to agitate for Abia north seat in the Senate to be declared vacant.

“I am only one person in the whole of Abia North. If the people stand up and demand that their voice must be heard in the Senate, then Nigeria and the senate will act.

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“But it will be unfortunate and a shame if they chose to keep quiet, considering the make up of the communities and personalities that are in the senatorial district,” Ohuabunwa said.