By Musa Sunusi Ahmad

Youths from the five local government areas: Arochukwu,
Bende, Isuikwuato, Ohafia and Umunneochi that make up the Abia
North Senatorial District of Abia State have protested at the National
Assembly over its non- representation at the Senate .

Recall that a federal high court in Lagos had on December 5,2019
sentenced Orji Kalu, representing Abia North in the senate, to 12
years in prison after he was found guilty of fraud to the tune of
N7.56 billion.

Although the Supreme Court had last month nullified Kalu’s conviction,
he is still in prison .

Consequently, the Concerned Citizens of Abia North yesterday
called on Senate President, Ahmed Lawan to declare the Abia North
Senate seat vacant to enable the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) to conduct a fresh election to elect
a senator who will represent them at the senate.

Chukwudi Chukwu ,who spoke on behalf of the group said, “We the
indigenes of Abia North formally notify Your Excellency of the absence
of our Senator Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, from the senate. The conviction and
incarceration of the senator representing Abia North, Dr. Orji Uzor
Kalu leading to his long absence from the National Assembly has
effectively silenced our voices. Abia North constituents have no
representation in the nation’s highest deliberative body and cannot
participate in matters that affect them.

“Citizens in Abia North Senatorial District have every cause to feel
abandoned, angry, less optimistic about their future because they have
no representation in the senate. Democracy thrives and is
significantly enriched when citizens participate in the process, and
can speak through their elected representative.

“Denying citizens the right to be represented inspires disaffection
and provokes contempt for both the Legislative body and the
democratic process. More fundamentally, it does grave violence to the
democratic imperatives of representation.

“Your Excellency, we are law-abiding citizens and have confidence in
both the democratic process and your ability to assuage our concerns
and repair this anomaly. We are deeply and fervently committed to the
democratic process and respectfully urge you to restore our voice in
the legislative process muted by the incarceration of our Senator.

“We, therefore, pray you to use your good offices and declare the Abia
North Senate seat vacant to enable INEC to conduct a fresh election to
elect a senator who will represent us at the senate. Your Excellency,
declaring a vacancy in Abia North Senatorial District will repair the
monumental injustice done to us and encourage hope in our senatorial district.

“We deserve to have an active voice to speak for us in the senate as we
have previously had, more so now that the deadly Covid-19 Pandemic
is ravaging countries and across the land; non-selective.”

According to him, their senatorial district is grossly prone to
ecological disasters, especially erosion and landslide.

“We are regrettably backward and
disadvantaged, and in dire need of Federal Government Presence; to
be canvassed through our senate representative, akin to the other
districts of the state and federation.
We pray our demand meets your kind consideration and good
conscience,” he added .

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