- The APC has affirmed that Mascot Uzor-Kalu is its candidate of the Aba North and Aba South federal constituency bye-election
- The affirmation by the ruling party was in reaction to a statement credited to a chieftain of the APC in Abia state
- Mascot is the younger brother of Senator Orji Uzor-Kalu, the Senate chief whip
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has confirmed that it will fully participate in Saturday's bye-election in the Aba North and Aba South federal constituency seat with its candidate, Mr. Mascot Uzor Kalu.
INEC has scheduled Saturday, March 27 to conduct the State House of Assembly election in Aba North and Aba South of Abia state.
Prince Paul Ikonne, who is the executive secretary of the National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA), was reportedly quoted to have raised concern about the process that led to the emergence of Mascot Uzor as the party's candidate.
APC, however, confirmed that a primary election earlier conducted by the party produced Uzor-Kalu as its candidate.
A statement sent to Legit.ng on Friday, March 26 by the party's deputy national publicity secretary Yekini Nabena, urged the public to disregard speculations in certain quarters contrary to the party's position on the candidature of Uzor-Kalu.
The statement also called on all the party's chieftains in Abia state to fully support and work for the success of Saturday's election.
Part of the statement read:
“APC is an orderly party. We have followed diligently the electoral procedures leading to the candidature of Mr. Mascot Uzor in Saturday's bye-election and we are out to win and not just to participate.
“We also appeal to all the stakeholders, electoral umpire, and the general public to disregard anything contrary to the position of the party leadership regarding the candidature of Mr. Mascot Uzor.”
Meanwhile, Orji Uzor-Kalu, a former governor of Abia state, has urged the people of the southeast to join the APC, adding that it is an opportunity for Igbo people to join the winning team.
The lawmaker suggested that joining the party is beneficial because the APC is committed to a united and indivisible Nigeria.
Recall that Kalu recently declared that he is not ashamed of his six months stint in prison, saying it was ordained by God.
The senator was responding to comments credited to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu and Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, the Senate minority leader.
Jerrywright Ukwu is a senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng based in Abuja. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.