By Henry Umoru
SENATOR-elect for Abia North Senatorial district, Senator Uche Chukwumerije has sympathised with former governor of the State, Dr. Orji Uzo Kalu over his defeat in last Saturday’s National Assembly elections.
Speaking with Journalists in Abuja Thursday, Chukwumerije who is coming to the Senate for the third time, said that not voting for the former governor was an indication of total rejection by the people, even as he predicts an overwhelming victory for President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday during the presidential polls.
The Senator who commended Professor Attahiru Jega over the Commission’s performance last weekend, stressed that the INEC Chairman deserves the praises of Nigerians for conducting a credible election, adding that politicians must learn to loose gallantry especially in an election that is widely applauded as free and credible.
According to him, “this is a man who lost in five local government areas in Abia North, yet he pretends that he won. He lost in election where people filed out, cast their votes, remained in the polling booths to count their votes; an election where international observers including European Union said was free and fair.
“Please spare me the swan-song of a mortally wounded rattle snake. The good people of Abia North have spoken in an open and fair election. The continuing reverberation of this verifiable and equivocal verdict is enough eloquent answers to their new song of defeat. I have therefore nothing but sympathy for the bizarre fantasies of self-deluded and self styled master strategist.
“From what I sensed from the mood of the people, they would amplify this verdict of total rejection of the past in stronger language in the forthcoming two elections.”
Senator Chukwumerije who also revealed that this would be his last comment on the national assembly election, said, “the most self destructive form of propaganda is such that the author believes it.”