Senator Mao Ohuabunwa has vowed to unseat his successor, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu and return to the red chamber in 2023.
The former Leader, ECOWAS Parliament, who made the vow in Umuahia while inaugurating his campaign Council, decried what he called the precarious condition of the zone stressing that Abia North was under siege as he called for urgent action to rescue the zone from those he described as political hijackers.
Ohuabunwa regretted that the N5.2 billion Arochukwu –Ohafia –Bende – Umuahia federal road he attracted while in the Senate had almost been abandoned for lack of follow up as he further regretted that his Bill for the takeover of the College of Education Technical Arochukwu by the Federal Government; as well as the establishment of Federal Polytechnic Item, which had all passed third reading respectively, could not be followed up by his successor.
He decried the rising insecurity in the zone and urged the people to unite against forces behind the predicaments of Abia North as he assured that he was fully prepared to return to the senate to give the zone a quality representation, and pleaded with anyone who had any ill-feeling against him to forgive and support his return bid.
Inaugurating the Campaign Council later, the Deputy National Legal Adviser of the PDP, Chief Okechukwu Osuoha, expressed displeasure over the state of affairs in Abia North, and urged the people to unite change the narrative.
He expressed optimism that Ohuabunwa would return to the Senate in 2023, and charged members of the Council to work assiduously to actualise his ambition
Some of the members of the Council to be chaired by Ohuabunwa himself are the immediate- past Secretary to State Government, SSG, Dr Eme Okoro (Co-chair); former Military Administrator of Cross River State, Capt. Chris Osondu; former Commissioner for Small and Medium Enterprise, Gab Igboko (Secretary); and oil magnet, Chief Odinaka Igwe.
Others are PDP State Secretary, David Iroh; former PDP Chairman, Chief Ndidi Okereke; former Commissioner for Education, Chief P. C Mba, PDP zonal Chairman (Abia North), Chief Amah Abraham; former Arochukwu Council boss, Princely Kingsley Ngunu; amongst others.
Speaking on behalf of other members of the Council, Chief Mba said Abia North had learnt in a hard way what he described as the mistake of 2019, and had resolved to send their first eleven to Abuja as he pledged their resolve to mobilise voters across all wards in the state to accomplish the task.