Acquitted of corruption, Ogbulafor commends Nigeria judiciary

A former National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Vincent Ogbulafor, said on Sunday that his acquittal by an Abuja High Court proved the judiciary as the last hope of the common man.

Mr. Ogbulafor said this in an interview with journalists in Umuahia while reacting to the judgment of the court.

The court had acquitted the PDP chieftain of a 17-count charge of corruption brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

“I feel very happy, great and on top of the world over the judgment. It is not easy to be acquitted of corrupt charges, 17 of them and you come out of them all and not found guilty in any.

“It’s something I feel happy about and I give glory to God. To me, this shows that the judiciary is the last hope of the common man,” he said.

Mr. Ogbulafor attributed his travails to the handiwork of his enemies, saying that “at no time during the trial did I feel any guilt or entertain fears of any negative outcome.’’

He said that as a Minister in the Presidency, he never awarded any contract nor participated in the process of awarding contracts.

Mr. Ogbulafor said that the experience would not deter him from assisting others but warned public office holders to be careful with the kind of people they render help to.

“People change like chameleon. So this time, I will look well before I leap,’’ he said.

Meanwhile, Mr. Ogbulafor, who is a chieftain of PDP in Abia, has lent his support to the party’s decision to zone the governorship slot to Abia South Senatorial District.

He said that since it was the decision of the party caucus, which he belonged, “every member of the party is expected to abide by it.’’

He, however, said that because the party believed strongly in democratic values, the race was still open to other aspirants from other senatorial districts who wished to run.

(NAN)


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  • True Nigerian

    I always laugh at the ignorance or hypocrisy of those who often claim that Jonathan is a gentleman who respects the law. The troubles of Mr Vincent Ogbulafor began as soon as he spoke the truth to Jonathan. It was an early sign that President Jonathan is a man who is at war against anything that looks like the truth, even though his supporters can’t see beyond their nose. Mr. Ogbulafor’s crime was simply that he was honest and bold enough to admit publicly that there was a zoning agreement in PDP and that the zoning agreement means that it was still the turn of the North in 2011 – an obvious truth, except in the eyes of the morally bankrupt or irredeemable hypocrites which most Nigerians are. Jonathan quickly forced him to resign from his position as the PDP national chairman in 2010, and frivolous corruption charges were immediately filed against an innocent man just to humiliate him for declaring the obvious. If you come from a country where honest and truthful people are endangered species and are treated as a cancer, you live in a hopeless society with ultimately no future for you. I don’t think most Nigerians understand it, which explains why they are supporting those who represent the moral decay in this country.

    The same EFCC that quickly rushed after this calm and innocent man has remained silent on Tony Anenih (N300b fraud), Malabu Oil ($1b), Mike Aodoaakaa (forgery of President’s signature), Diezani-Alison Madueke (mindless corruption and 5 indictments), Doyin Okupe (N700m), etc. The list is endless on obvious and evident financial criminals in the country.

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  • Anonymous11443

    The judges took bribe,that is why you were let go.Nigerian judiciary is the most corrupt in the world.