Another top Nigerian politician, accused of multi-billion Naira corruption, joins APC

img_20161116_182017-resized-800

A former Governor of Abia State, Orji Kalu, who has for 9 years been involved in intense legal battle to avoid conviction for charges of corruption, formally joined the ruling All Progressives Congress on Wednesday.

Mr. Kalu was received by the party’s National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, in the presence of other members of the National Working Committee at its Wuse 2, Abuja headquarters.

The politician cum businessman said he buckled under pressure from his associates to join APC and help build the party in Nigeria, and in the South East.

Mr. Kalu left the Progressives Peoples Alliance for the APC. He had quietly exited the Peoples Democratic Party in the build up to the 2015 general elections to vie for a Senate seat on the platform of the PPA, which he founded in 2006.

Earlier, Mr. Kalu dumped PPA for PDP in a bid to contest the Abia North Senatorial seat, which he lost in 2011.

Mr. Kalu first left the PDP to found PPA in 2006, using the platform to contest the 2007 presidential election, and helped Theodore Orji and Ikedi Ohakim to be governors of Abia and Imo states respectively.

With his latest defection, this time to the ruling APC, Mr. Kalu has joined the list of politicians standing trial for corruption, who have joined the ruling party after it gained federal power last year.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission re-arraigned the former Abia State Governor, Mr. Kalu, before the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court on 34 counts of money laundering to the tune of N3.2 billion on October 31.

Mr. Kalu, who served as governor between 1999 and 2007, was first arraigned in 2007 on a 96-count charge of money laundering.

After a lengthy legal battle, the Supreme Court, in 2016, ordered him to stand trial.

In the amended charge, the EFCC alleged that Mr. Kalu and other accused persons had, between August 7, 2001, and December 2005, (while Mr. Kalu was the governor of Abia State), used the said money to procure Slok Nigeria Limited, a company EFCC said solely belongs to Mr. Kalu and his family.

Mr. Kalu’s category of defectors to the APC includes Joshua Dariye, fugitive Senator and former Governor of Plateau State, who fled the United Kingdom in 2004 after he was arrested for money laundering.

Mr. Dariye is being tried by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, having been accused of siphoning the state’s ecological fund to the tune of N1.16 billion.

Like Mr. Kalu, for 9 years, Mr. Dariye’s was delayed until February 2015 when the Supreme Court affirmed the competence of an Abuja high court to try him.

Others in the category are a former Governor of Oyo State, Adebayo Alao-Akala, being tried by the EFCC over allegations of fraud; and former Governor of old Anambra State, Jim Nwobodo, who benefitted from illicit cash flow, having admitted to receiving N100 million from the detained former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

The two persons – Messrs. Orji and Ohakim – that Mr. Kalu supported to become governors later dumped PPA for PDP.

The Abia State University, while Mr. Orji was the visitor to the school in 2013, withdrew Mr. Kalu’s certificate saying he breached the school’s regulations.

In the papers he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission to contest the 2015 senatorial election, he used his WASSCE certificate, PREMIUM TIMES can report.


DOWNLOAD THE PREMIUM TIMES MOBILE APP

Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application

TEXT AD:Dr Dan,Suggest 5 Ways to Satisfy Your system and Last up 25Min In Bed When Having Sex, Click Here...


All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.


  • chuck

    Birds of the same feather.APC is the party for criminals running from justice.
    what ELSE IS NEW IN Nigeria.? shameless PEOPLE.A word of advice Mr.. Kālu. Running form party to party will not prevent nor shade you from your corrupt life of crime.

    • Burbank

      And no shade from Ibrahim Magu’s EFCC

  • Kekedu

    Atiku’s men.

  • Gary

    So we wait to see how long it takes for AGF Malami to instruct that all charges be dropped against Mr. Kalu.
    What better way to show that the anti-corruption war has become a farce and recruiting tool for the APC.

  • Comfortkay

    Yet another political harlot.

  • Truthism

    None of them have any shame, including you APC National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun. Nigeria is doomed if the only incorruptible person in 183 million population is the President Buhari.

    • marc umeh

      I pity Buhari.

  • USMAN INUWA La’u

    African planet of Heartless human. Revolution is the only best way to break this chain

  • NwaIgbo

    Visit Aba ( the TRASH capital of Nigeria) and Abia state, then ask Kalu what he did with his mom for eight years in the government house of Abia State. Kalu’s replacement was Okija Shrine worshiper and cult leader Orji who further brought Abia to its knees unfortunately and then wangled himself to the senate of Nigeria.
    Gain plan to escape justice in Nigeria:
    1.Join the ruling party APC
    2.Jump into the senate and ask for immunity
    3.Abscond abroad claiming sickness.

    APC should know that moles are within its rank with one mission to bring it down from within.

    • Burbank

      With Buhari in power and Ibrahim Magu’s EFCC, these thieves can even joined the 12 Apostles for dinner and still be arrested by the EFCC

    • marc umeh

      Are you sure he will lose if he contests again for the governorship of Abia?

  • yahayaomaye

    So if one is being pursued for stealing he/she can run to A C for safety? We are watching how Kalu’s case will go. God help Nigeria!

    • Burbank

      Look at Saraki and you will find your answer.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Orji is a crook, he wants to be free from prosecution and conviction despite his financial crimes towards Abia Igbos.

    • Tunji Olarewaju

      But when he was in PDP he was a saint to you, wasn’t he?
      Saint Orji Kalu, welcome to APC, don’t mind bad belle Tawanda, Otile ati Oleku. Bhahahahahahahahahah

    • Burbank

      Did the Hausas Fulanis voted Orji into power in Abia State?

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        Your English is very poor

  • Capt

    Behold beatification of Orji, henceforth St Orji

  • FreeNigeria

    Buhari and his gang of thieves. Welcome home Orji, saint Buhari welcome you with your loot.

    • yukkmouff

      Hahahahahaha!!! Mr Integrity my arse!

    • Burbank

      So too does Ibrahim Magu

  • Fadama

    Shame on Nigerian politicians. No integrity, principles, and goodwill.

  • Opekete

    I have no problem with Kalu joining the APC because the party have no right to refuse him membership of the party. However it was Oyegun that goofed big time. For Oyegun to personally welcome Kalu into the party speaks volume of how he reason and what his agenda is as the chairman of the party. All he should ask Kalu to do is to simply go to his ward and join the party at the grass root level instead of celebrating his joining the party as Kalu is a political asset. Oyegun will soon find out that his politics is so toxic and will soon be buried in koko waters.

    • duwdu

      Well said, Opekete.

      P34c3
      ……..
      …..

    • Burbank

      Some truth there but like Sun Tzu said, welcome your new enemy that he will fight against his old friends.
      Then Magu will give him free accommodation at the EFCC underground cells.

      • Opekete

        Hahahahah!!!!

    • Julius

      They all know each other. I agree the APC is using him for more members in the South East. Watch them dump him when the EFCC pick him up later. The tout is one of the most corrupt individual in the country. He stole his state blind and his people kept quiet while calling other ex governors that had nothing to do with their state corrupt. Na so oo.

  • S. A. Maigari

    I don’t blame him; the only way to escape from PMB’s gaze and EFCC’s net is to run into the APC fold. Kalu’s case will now die slowly as no more serious move is likely to be taken by the agency again. Wise guy!

    • Burbank

      Like Saraki and Jaafaru Isa?
      Not a chance.

    • Julius

      Not with Buhari still in charge. Its a desperate move by Kalu and it wont work.

  • GbemigaO

    Lol. What is the difference between PDP and APC anyway?

    • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

      A,C,and D. just those 3 Alphabets.

    • Burbank

      Buhari.

  • laredo

    Who, in Nigerian politics, is not a thief?

    • Burbank

      Peter Odili – his wealth is GIVEN to him by his poor people so that the Odilis can live in luxury.

  • marc umeh

    Nigerians are being fooled by this EFCC smokescreen. They are simply a toothless bulldug. Which politician has ever received a sentence that befit their crime. There is no fight against corruption in nigeria. All this noise are to impress the gullible.

    • Burbank

      It is not the EFCC job to sentence. That’s the job of Mary Odili, Muazu Pindiga and friends in the courts.

      • marc umeh

        If the EFCC can’t get a conviction , then why are we wasting time , money and energy ” fighting ” corruption?

        • Burbank

          Again, conviction of a person is the prerogative of a judge, not EFCC.

  • Babrutus

    Na wah for Nigerians o! Abeg let Kalu, join any Party he wants. At least, he can still enjoy something for the next 2.5 years.

  • realist

    Anybody still having hope in Oyegun and his co travellers is just deceiving himself. If truly the APC were fighting corruption, Kalu at this stage should not be accepted to the party, if it is not possible to reject him, is not fitting to have Oyegun receiving a man under trial of corrupt enrichment. Like the corrupt fighting is a mere window dressing. Highly place APC must have recommended it to Kalu to cross in order to automatically become Angel.

  • isaac

    Once in APC he can never be arraigned for corruption because APC has now become ALL PEOPLE’S CORRUPTION. Who is fooling who???

  • Noble

    No! APC = Anti Political Corruption. It is not a safe haven for the likes of Orji