From Nnaya Eziyi, Umuahia
Scores of fans of the representative of Abia North Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu yesterday grounded business activities in Ohafia while celebrating his release from prison.
The chief whip of the Senate was released from Kuje Correctional Centre, Abuja, Tuesday, following an order by Justice Muhammad Liman of the Federal High Court, Lagos after the Supreme Court nullified his conviction for alledged fraud.
They supporters drove in a convoy of over 100 motorcycles, tricycles, and vehicles displaying various sizes of his photographs and flexes through the major communities of the 11 Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) wards of the headquarters of the district.
Singing songs and expressing their appreciation to God for the release of the one-time governor of Abia state, they pledged their unalloyed support for his present position and for his future political ambitions.
Addressing the crowd at the playground of Coronata Secondary School, Asaga Ohafia, the convener of the rally, Hon Kalu Mba Nwoke said they will stand with him until the logical conclusion of the matter.
“The Almighty God has by His own intervention when it seemed as if all hopes has been lost showed mercy on him. It is our prayer that at the end of the matter, our Senator, mentor, and hero will be vindicated,” he said.
Nwoke, who represented Ohafor Ward 1 (Asaga Ukwu) and was also the deputy leader of Ohafia local government council, explained that the rally was an indication of what will happen when the Senator will visit the clan.
He said, “The Ikenga 1 of Ohafia has been a long time friend of Ohafia and even a registered member of one of the age grades in this community. We will never abandon him as our beloved son come rain come shine.
The All Progressive Congress (APC), chieftain, therefore commended the people for coming out in their large number to show their love for the Senator, adding ” I am most especially impressed by your strict observation of the protocols for COVID-19 throughout the outing.”
Similarly, a member of the APC and a former chairman of the council, Barrister Emeka Uduma Kalu, said the high turn out of the fans was a clear indication of their love for the Senator, expressing the hope that the matter will end in his favour.
According to Engineer Leonard Umezuruike, the Senator remains one of the best leaders Ndigbo have had since the advent of the present democratic dispensation in the country, saying “Kalu has dreams for us all and therefore needs our support.”
He argued that the occasion was not politically motivated, but meant to appreciate God for the release of the former governor as well as to showcase their support and love for him as their political leader and committed representative.