Abia-North 2027: Ward leaders re-dedicate allegiance to Kalu

From Kenneth Udeh, Abuja

Hundreds of OUK Movement leaders from 103 wards of Abia North have, again, reasserted their loyalty to Senator Orji Uzor Kalu.

Chairmen of the various senatorial wards, local government and ward chairmen, who converged on the former governor’s Igbere country home in Bende, yesterday, reaffirmed their loyalty to the aspirations of Kalu, pledging not to be swayed by inducements from the opposition.

They cited his leadership style and development strides in their senatorial zone for their move. Each member also received vocational training materials and food items.

 

Abia-North 2027: Ward leaders re-dedicate allegiance to Kalu
Senator Orji Uzor Kalu

In their separate remarks, they cast votes of confidence in Kalu with each leader promising to intensify his or her efforts.

“There is no going back,” said the Chairman of Ohafia council, Jackline Umeh, who said Kalu has been unrelenting in supporting the welfare of the group’s members.

 

“Our senator has been supporting the movement massively most especially in our welfare. We remain where we are with him, there is no going back,” he said.

Bende council Chairman, Ann Elendu, said the vocational items, including sewing machines, will be useful to the youths in each ward of her local government.

According to her, the 2027 political ambition of Kalu is a done deal.

“We continue to remain grateful to God for bringing Kalu to us; this is a typical practice, borne out of his goodwill, magnanimity and compassion for people.

“If he decides to contest 100 times he will win, no matter what, we will continue to stand solidly by him.

“At every meeting with him he makes sure he empowers us, this time he has given us 21 sewing machines for our local government wards.

“This will help with the training of youths in our council interested in fashion designing and assist them to become self-reliant to make a living in this harsh economy.

Ohafia Barracks Ward Chairman, Ginika Ezeaka, said; “I want us not to repeat the mistakes of the 2023 election, anyone who has been given any responsibility must deliver 100 per cent without compromise. Don’t play double games as you can see the slogan has changed and this is a new era.”

Arochukwu Ward 4 leader, Nkechi Nwadike, appealed for improved support to enable members of her ward hold meetings regularly, saying their loyalty remains unshaken.

The rebranded slogan of the organisation was hailed by the Item Ward D Chairman,  Alaezi John, who described it as a welcome development.

He pointed out that the new slogan which states that “anyone who works must reap” is motivational and reiterated the loyalty of his members. Alaezi thanked Kalu for his impact in the senatorial district.

“The new slogan is commendable because anyone who works should be able to reap from his or her sweat. This is the best senatorial district in Abia-North. Even on social media, our senatorial district is rated as the best.

“There is a task ahead and we have agreed to face it squarely without retreating. We will continue to do our best to make sure our senator remains unbeatable.”

Kalu commended the members for their efforts and urged them to intensify their commitment.

He said: “We have been rendering assistance to our members, if you have any problem, reach out to your leaders. I urge you to redouble your dedication and take this work seriously because there is a task ahead. We can achieve more if we are united.

“Recently, one of your members was shot, I had to call the commissioner of police directly and the person was hospitalised.”

He appealed to his supporters to continue to support the administration of President Bola Tinubu, noting that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is working very hard to make life easier for all.

“I know things are very tough. It is not easy anywhere, but the president is working very hard to make things easy for all. It is time to unite and support the president to move Nigeria forward for the good all,” he said.

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