Stop playing smart, you can't get away with stolen mandate - PDP tells Orji Kalu

Stop playing smart, you can't get away with stolen mandate - PDP tells Orji Kalu

- The PDP in Abia North constituency has said it will not rest until it gets back its "stolen mandate" from Senator-elect Orji Uzor Kalu

- The party showed its unwavering support for Mao Ohuabunwa who contested against Kalu on the party's platform

- All party chieftains have been urged to come to the rescue Ohuabunwa and ensure his mandet is recovered

The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia North senatorial district has told Senator-elect Orji Uzor Kalu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that he will not get away with what it called “a stolen mandate”.

The PDP made this known during their visit to show support to the incumbent senator from the same district as Kalu, Chief Mao Ohuabunwa, in the bid to recover his “stolen mandate”, Daily Trust reports.

The Abia North PDP chairman, Matthew Ibe, assured the Ohuabunwa at his Arochuckwu home in Abia, on Thursday, April 25, in the presence of other chieftains of the party. He said the party would not rest until “the people’s mandate given to our candidate but forcefully stolen by APC is returned".

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Ohuabunwa expressed shock that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) would give Kalu a certificate of return even when he was not declared the winner of the election by the returning officer.

He therefore asked the electoral commission to withdraw the certificate and conduct a re-run election in all the polling units with cancelled votes.

He said: “Kalu only scored the highest number of votes by fraudulently allocating figures to himself but still at that, the 10,000 votes margin of win remains a far cry from the over 38,000 total number of canceled votes. It is only a question of time and our candidate’s stolen mandate will be restored.”

The PDP zonal chairman also asked all other successful candidates of the party in the state like Governor Okezie Ikpeazu not to abandon the senator but come to his rescue.

Ohuabuna expressed how grateful he was for the visit and support, adding that Kalu knows what he has is a stolen mandate but only trying to play smart.

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Meanwhile, previously reported that the PDP in Abia won 19 of the 24 state constituency seats.

Joseph Iloh, the resident electoral commissioner in the state, made the result of the March 9 election available to newsmen in Umuahia.

The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) clinched three seats, while the All Progressives Congress (APC) won the remaining two.

It was also reported that 385 candidates from 43 political parties contested the 24 state constituency seats. ( -> We have upgraded to serve you better

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