Former Governor of Abia State and Chief Whip of the Senate, Dr. Orji Kalu, has called on politicians to be cautious in their utterances for the sake of nation building.
Speaking against the backdrop of the call for supplementary election in some polling units in Abia North Senatorial District by the National and State Assembly Elections Petitions Tribunal sitting in Umuahia, Kalu urged his political associates, followers, members and stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress not to make derogatory statements against any member of the three-man panel, led by Justice Cornelius Akintayo.
The senator stressed that the judiciary must be accorded due respect by Nigerians regardless of party affiliation, adding that the Court of Appeal will correct the judgment of the tribunal.
Addressing a group of Abuja-based professionals of Abia State origin on Sunday in Abuja, Kalu emphasized that the rule of law must be respected at all times, adding that the result of the February 23, 2019 National Assembly election in Abia North Senatorial District is a clear demonstration of his popularity and goodwill among the people.
He said: “My victory in the February 23, 2019 National Assembly poll was landslide, beating my closet rival, Mao Ohaubunwa, of the Peoples Democratic Party with over 10,000 votes.
“I am aware of the controversies the ruling of the panel has generated.
“However, I am appealing to our people to thread with caution for the sake of peace and harmony.”
The former governor, who stressed that the judiciary is a vital component of the country, stated that the future of Nigeria’s democracy is dependent on the judicial process, adding: “No nation can attain greatness without respect for the rule of law.”