A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party in Abia State, Chief Charles Ike, has asked the Senate leadership to declare the Abia North Senatorial District’s seat vacant due to the incarceration of Senator Orji Kalu.
Ike gave the charge in a statement he issued in Umuahia on Saturday, saying the people of Abia North Senatorial District were no longer comfortable being “totally eclipsed” in the Senate.
“I hereby call on the Senate leadership to quickly declare Kalu’s seat vacant to enable the district to elect a capable replacement.”
He said the zone had set a machinery in motion for Kalu’s recall and that the process would soon commence in earnest.
Ike also spoke on the recent defection of Chief Bourdex Ogba, the senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance for Abia North in the 2019 poll, to the All Progressives Congress.
He described Ogba’s defection as an act of “political indiscipline”.
He expressed disbelief that Ogba, who dumped the APC for APGA, ahead of the 2019 elections, could “so quickly return to pick the same broom he said was not sweeping well.”
He alleged that Ogba’s return to APC was initiated to position himself for the senatorial ticket of the party in the event that the Senate eventually called for a byelection for Kalu’s replacement.
He alleged that Ogba had made four defections in recent time, having moved from the PDP to APGA ahead of the 2015 general elections and later to APC and APGA before his latest return to the APC.
Ike said, “His jumping from party to party smacks of political indiscipline and his desperation to go to Senate but you know that a rolling stone gathers no moss.
“Unfortunately, too, he lacks the political discipline to be trusted with any public office in Abia North.
“How can you trust a man whose only political antecedent is jumping from one party to another?”
The PDP chieftain further took an exception to a comment credited to Ogba, when he visited the APC national secretariat, where he was quoted to have asked the Senate not to declare Kalu’s seat vacant.
Ike argued that the comment was at variance with the wishes of the people of Abia North who, he said, were earnestly yearning to have a replacement for Kalu.
Although, Kalu has appealed the High Court verdict, Ike said his continued incarceration had left Abia North without a voice in the Senate
culled from Punch