Tongues are wagging , and many are calling on the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, to declare the Abia North Senatorial District’s seat vacant due to the incarceration of Senator Orji Kalu.
Kalu was, on December 5, 2019, jailed for 12 years by a Federal High Court, having been convicted of N7.2bn fraud, when he was Abia State governor between 1999 and 2003.
He, has, however, appealed the court’s verdict.
For now, the people of Kalu’s senatorial district had remained without a voice in the 9th Senate.
A group said, “While we agree that the convicted former governor has the constitutional right to appeal the judgment, we urge the President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan, to declare the seat of Abia North in the Senate vacant.
“The people of Abia North have remained without a voice in the 9th Senate for over 10 months now and we believe that this is unfair to our people and the state.
“We also call on INEC to consider a new date for a fresh election for Abia North senatorial district. We need a voice as a people in the Senate, and we urge Chief Kalu to honourably resign his job to pave the way for a rerun.”
Okoro called on the Court of Appeal to give accelerated hearing to Kalu’s appeal, while expressing worry that the case is yet to be mention in court in the last two months.