BREAKING: APC reportedly clears Orji Kalu for senatorial contest despite ongoing N7bn alleged fraud trial

BREAKING: APC reportedly clears Orji Kalu for senatorial contest despite ongoing N7bn alleged fraud trial

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has allegedly cleared Orji Uzor Kalu, former governor of Abia state, to contest the party’s senatorial primary to represent Abia North at the National Assembly, ahead of the 2019 general election.

According to Sahara Reporters, this was confirmed by Yekini Nabena, acting national publicity secretary of the party, in a statement on Tuesday evening, October 2.

The newspaper notes that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is on an 11-year-long prosecution of Kalu for alleged fraud totalling N7.1 billion.

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In October 2016, EFCC preferred 34 counts charges, including a N3.2 billion fraud charge, against Kalu, but he and Udeogo pleaded not guilty to the charges and were granted bail.

The following month, Kalu joined the ruling APC from the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA)

Cumulatively, in all the counts, the accused were alleged to have diverted over N7.1 billion from the Abia state government’s treasury, during Kalu’s tenure as governor.

Confirming his clearance to contest for a seat in the Senate, Nabena was quoted to have said: “The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has cleared the former governor of Abia state, H.E. Dr Uzor Kalu and Yusuf A. Haruna to contest the party’s Senate primaries for Abia North and Kogi Central Senatorial districts respectively.”

Kalu was Abia state governor for eight years, from 1999 to 2003.

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Meanwhile, previously reported that Clement Ebiri, chairman of the APC Primary Election Committee explained why the National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC postponed the Lagos state governorship primary election.

Ebiri who had earlier distanced the committee from the election that took place in some areas of Lagos said the committee got the list of the party agents of one of the aspirants in the race late.

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