APGA chieftain Bourdex tells NASS not to declare Kalu’s seat vacant

APGA chieftain Bourdex tells NASS not to declare Kalu’s seat vacant

- David Onuoha Bourdex, a chieftain of APGA faults politicians calling for the National Assembly to declare Abia north senatorial seat occupied by Senator Orji Uzor Kalu vacant

- Bourdex says declaring Kalu’s seat vacant would amount to undermining the electoral preferences of the people

- The APGA a chieftain says though Kalu was facing some challenges, it would be presumptuous to declare his seat vacant when he still had the option of appealing his conviction

David Onuoha Bourdex, a member of Board of Trustees (BoT) of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), has faulted politicians calling for the National Assembly to declare Abia North senatorial seat, occupied by Senator Orji Uzor Kalu vacant.

Bourdex told journalists that declaring Kalu’s seat vacant would amount to undermining the electoral preferences of the people. The politician urged ambitious politicians to respect the wishes of the electorate that voted for Kalu, New Telegraph reports.

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He said though Kalu was facing some challenges, it would be presumptuous to declare his seat vacant when he still had the option of appealing his conviction.

He said those asking the National Assembly to declare the seat vacant were desperate to join the Senate through the backdoor.

Meanwhile, a former governor of Abia state, Orji Uzor Kalu, who was recently sentenced to a 12-year jail term by a Federal High Court in Lagos, on Tuesday, December 17, has applied for a post-conviction bail.

Kalu applied for the bail on the grounds that he is presently battling with his poor health which the prison facility cannot take care of.

The former chief whip of the Senate also said that his constituency will suffer a terrible setback if he remains in prison

However, Kalu's bail application has been opposed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

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In another report, chairman, Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF), Professor Ango Abdullahi on Tuesday, December 17, said President Muhammadu Buhari is not fighting corruption in Nigeria.

The NEF chairman made the statement while fielding questions from journalists in Kaduna shortly after the opening ceremony of a public lecture.

Meanwhile, the presidency has reacted to Transparency International’s latest corruption index report, saying it is not factual.

Speaking during a programme Channels TV, Garba Shehu, who is the presidential spokesperson, argued that the report is only a perception and not based on facts.

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