NASS Feb 25 poll: Senator Kalu denies disenfranchising Abiriba community

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The Senator representing Abia North Senatorial District, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, has denied the allegation of disenfranchising the people of Abiriba in Ohafia Local Government Area in the February 25 National Assembly election.

The lawmaker said the allegation that he accused Agboji and Ameke communities in Abiriba of being sympathetic to the agitations of IPOB, making the voters there not to come out to exercise their civic right, was false and unfounded.

The former Abia State governor’s response followed the claim by a group, Abiriba Communal Improvement Union (ACIU), who said that Sen. Kalu’s alleged comment was instrumental to why they did not vote on the election day over fear of being attacked.

ACIU in a paid newspaper advertorial claimed that Kalu’s alleged comment caused INEC not to deploy its officials to the community, which according to them, eventually disenfranchised some of their people.

However, the community in the paid advert severally contradicted itself as it at a point claimed that INEC officials did not show up for the conduct of the National Assembly election in the community, while at another point said that the officials came, but at an inappropriate time.

“INEC did not show up till about 3:20p.m on that faithful day.

“When they eventually arrived, particularly in Agboji ward that has 10 polling units, they claimed they did not have adequate voting materials”, the advertorial in a national daily reads in part.

But responding to the allegation, Sen. Kalu’s media aide, Hon. Maduka Okoro, said that “there…

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