More troubles for Orji Uzor Kalu, his party wants him jailed

Orji Uzor-Kalu
Orji Uzor-Kalu

 Orji Uzor Kalu’s presidential ambitions might not be given a chance to materialize.

The controversial former governor of Abia state, Orji Uzor Kalu, has hit a major brick wall in his ambition to lead Nigeria come 2015.

The political party under which he intended to vie for presidency, the People’s Progressive Alliance, PPA, has declared war on Mr. Kalu and asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to imprison him.

PPA’s National Chairman, Ken Gbalokoma, asked the EFCC to ensure that the former governor, and founder of the party, is sent to jail.

Mr. Gbalokoma said EFCC’s ‘sloppy’ prosecution of the former governor had given him the guts to throw his hat in the presidential contest.

“If the EFCC had put him through diligent trial, Orji Uzor Kalu should have been in jail by now rather than on the soap box canvassing for votes,” Mr. Gbalokoma said.

He said Mr. Kalu’s credentials are tainted with fraudulent activities as he plunged “Abia State into a N27.3 billion debt”.

The party chairman also appealed to the Chief Justice of the Federation to expedite Mr. Kalu’s trial in order that he “be sent to jail where he truly belongs to save the nation from further embarrassment.”

Kalu’s many travails

PREMIUM TIMES had exclusively reported how the former governor of Abia state, kicked off his campaign in Ile Ife, the ancestral home of the Yoruba, in Osun State.

He had a hush-hush meeting with the Ooni of Ife, Okunade Sijuwade, to lobby for the support of the powerful monarch in his quest to be Nigeria’s president in 2015.

Since leaving office in 2007, the pan-Igbo politician has been facing trial for corruption.

Shortly after leaving office in July 2007, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, arraigned Mr. Kalu before an Abuja High Court on a 10-count charge bordering on money laundering, official corruption, and diversion of public funds totaling over N5 billion. The case which is still in court has dragged with a very slow pace.

His airline, Slok Air, also went under not long after the EFCC linked it to allegedly stolen Abia State funds.

In 2010, Mr. Kalu was questioned by the American police after a female friend died in his U.S home.


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  • 2008observer

    I wonder where the so-called chairman of the PPA is coming from. If there are sufficient grounds to send Orji Kalu to jail why has it not been achieved in the last few years? And the story is also totally out of context. Your newspaper also carried a report in which Kalu stated, without mincing words, that he does not belong to any political party for now. He resigned from the PPA as chairman of its Board of Trustees with a lot of members of the party, including its National Chairman, pleading with him to return. If Kalu is a criminal as claimed in this report, I am sure you know that would not have happened. A similar story on your website said Kalu had an hush hush meeting with the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, in respect of his 2015 presidential ambition. This is far from the truth. The meeting between Kalu and Sijuwade was all in the open. There was no moment they spent together behind closed doors. Kalu has been a part of the Ife royal family since the 1980s. There is no way he would have gone to Ife withouth seeing the Ooni and that occasion was one of such. In fact, the Ooni wanted him to spend the night with him in Ife. Kalu had to promise to return to see the prominent traditional ruler before he was allowed to leave as he had to go and attend to his numerous businesses outside the country. For those who are discerning, go through the charges the EFCC filed against Kalu and see what they are all about: spending of security votes. There is no one who does not know that in Nigeria security votes are used for miscellaneous reasons and not accounted for since it is largely for the security of the state or local government or country, depending on the level of government. And no one till date, except Kalu, is being held over the spending of security votes. Does this not speak volume? It is only in Nigeria that disagreeing with a president amounts to treason. I am sure if Roomney was a Nigerian, Barack Obama would have sent security agents after him for his numerous campaign pronouncements against Obama. What did Kalu do to former President Olusegun Obasanjo to warrant this undue and unwarranted persecution? I think it is time that newsmen begin to contextualise reports to give reporting a meaning. How would a loud mouth like the so-called PPA chairman be allowed such opportunity to launch an attack on a prominent Nigerian without the story being put into context and the man attacked not given the room to reply? I think PREMIUM TIMES should watch it.