Friday, 6 December 2019

Orji Kalu’s Conviction; PDP React, Says Trial Predates Buhari’s Administration APC Disagrees :Olusegun Ariyo

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The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has reacted to yesterday verdict convicting a former Abia state governor, Orji uzor Kalu for 12 years saying the conviction did not show any serious fight against graft by the president and that the trial of the former governor predates Buhari's administration.
The People Democratic Party’s Publicity secretary disclose this on his twitter handle@ologbodiyan asking what year did the trial of Kalu begin?  Who was in power then, he asked!

Ologbodiyan said until Buhari begins to try members of his cabinet and the people that was accused of corruption under him, we have not seen any serious fight against corruption
 “The trial of Orji Kalu predates Buhari’s administration. So there is no need for the APC and President Buhari’s government to gloat over any conviction. If Buhari wants to really fight corruption, he should look inward.”
But the Buhari Media organisation said the conviction and sentencing of Uzor-Kalu was further proof that the war against corruption was in full swing.
In a statement signed by its Chairman, Niyi Akinsiju, and Secretary, Cassidy Madueke, the BMO argued that the conviction of a high ranking APC chieftain proved that the courts were indeed independent.
 “For some time, the Peoples Democratic Party and its supporters have been casting aspersion on the anti-corruption crusade.
The Federal High court in Lagos on Thursday had convicted a former governor of Abia state, Orji Kalu, of N7.1bn fraud and sentenced him to 12 years’ imprisonment.
The judgment, delivered by Justice Mohammed Idris, came 12 years after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission filed fraud charges against Kalu in 2007.
Kalu was convicted alongside his firm, Slok Nigeria Limited, and Jones Udeogu, who served under him as the director of finance and account at the Abia State Government House in Umuahia.
Out of the 39 counts filed against the trio, the judge convicted Kalu of the entire 28 counts in which his name featured. On each of counts 1-11 and 39, he was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment; on each of counts 23-33, he was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment; and on each of counts 34-38, he was sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment.
Justice Idris said the sentences should run concurrently, meaning that Kalu would spend 12 years in jail.

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