- The former governor of Abia state, Orji Uzor Kalu, has been told to clear his name of alleged N7.6 billion fraud levelled against him by EFCC before parading himself as Igbo leader
- The statement was made by a coalition of human rights lawyers and Ohanaeze chieftains in Abuja
- The concerned leaders say they will not allow people with questionable character to continue to drag the Igbo nation to the mud
A coalition of human rights lawyers and Ohanaeze chieftains in Abuja have asked Orji Uzor Kalu to clear himself of the alleged N7.6 billion fraud levelled against him by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) before parading himself as Igbo leader.
Leadership reports that at a news briefing on Sunday, March 31, the coalition said it would not allow people with questionable character to continue to drag the Igbo nation in the mud.
Legit.ng notes that the concerned leader said: ”We know our leaders, and we would not allow people with questionable character to continue to drag the Igbo nation to the mud.
“It was even a mockery of our moral standard for the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) to have fielded the former governor in the last National Assembly election in the face of his trial over alleged N7.6billion fraud."
Convener of the group Barrister Uche Nnadi, said: ”The sudden suspension of the trial of Chief Kalu may have further put to ridicule the anti corruption agenda of president Buhari . Unfortunately the same politician who ordinarily should be in jail for allegedly defrauding the state over N7 billion is busy parading himself as Igbo leader in Abuja.
“And today the former governor is busy telling every ears that cares to listen that he is closer to the president than any other Igbo and that he has the mandate of the APC to deliver the south East to president Buhari in the last election."
In its own reaction, Ohanaeze said: “We know our leaders, and we take exception to Chief Kalu or any other corrupt politician to claim that he represent or speak for the Igbos under any guise."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the former governor of Abia state and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Orji Uzor Kalu, said he is hellbent on contesting for the position of the deputy Senate president when the ninth National Assembly is inaugurated in June, irrespective of the party's decision.
The senator-elect for Abia North senatorial district made the disclosure in an interview published in Independent on Sunday, March 31.
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The APC has zoned the Senate presidency to the northeast and the deputy Senate presidency to the northwest.
In his reaction to that, Kalu said: "The party has zoned the Senate Presidency to the North East. I am bound to respect the party’s wish. The second position is what we will not allow the party. As far as I am concerned, in the South East, I am going to run openly on the floor for the Deputy Senate President."
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