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Orji Uzor Kalu’s brother accepts defeat in Abia by-election

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in last Saturday’s House of Representatives by-election for Aba North/South Constituency, Mascot Uzor Kalu, has conceded defeat to his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counterpart, Chimaobi Ebisike, who emerged winner in the poll.

Ebisike had polled 10,322 votes, while Kalu polled 3, 674.

Kalu, who appealed to APC members to also accept the results in good faith, however, commended them for making the party stronger in the state.

In a statement on Sunday, Kalu who came second in the poll in which six political parties contested said: “While the opposition wanted the election at all cost, we chose life over bloodshed, and therefore, we won lives and lost the polls. To us, that was a greater victory.”

The younger brother of Senate Chief Whip, Orji Uzor Kalu, claimed that the level of thuggery, violence, and rigging in the election necessitated a deeper review of the country’s electoral laws and processes.

“Every country is peculiar to its people, all Nigerians should support the electoral law being amended as it would assist us in strengthening our democracy.

“The current electoral law renders the security agencies with arms weak in the face of violence during polls and therefore needs to be reviewed. Granted that armless police should be in polling units, armed officers should be within 50 meters away from the units,” he said.

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