- APC supporters in Abia state have expressed happiness over the verdict of the Supreme Court on Orji Kalu's conviction
- Despite the lockdown confining the supporters to their homes, members of the ruling party were optimistic Kalu would be cleared of all charges
- A seven-man panel of the apex court had on Friday, May 8, nullified Kalu’s 12-year conviction
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The All Progressives Congress (APC) Abia state chapter members were thrown into a celebratory mood on Friday, May 8, following the nullified conviction of Senator Orji Kalu by a seven-man panel of the Supreme Court.
According to The Nation, despite the lockdown confining many of Kalu and APC supporters to their homes, it was gathered that they were happy that the Supreme Court granted Kalu freedom.
Speaking to the online publication, some of the APC supporters were however optimistic that Kalu would be acquitted of all the charges against him in an expected retrial.
Donatus Nwankpa, the APC state chairman and Comrade Benedict Godson, the publicity secretary described the apex court's ruling as heartwarming.
The ruling party executives attributed the verdict to persistent prayers of APC members who never gave up hope about Kalu.
Godson said that if not for the coronavirus pandemic parts of Abia state would have witnessed huge celebration on the streets.
The APC state chairman said: “We have looked forward to this day and it has come. Abia APC members are just happy, but we are excited and grateful to God.”
Nwankpa in reaction to the judgement and what it means for the ruling party said: “What will you do when your father who is not around comes back? Our father was not around for some months now. It hasn’t been the same. But he is back and is back fully. This is not Appeal Court, but the Supreme Court‘s ruling. We are back on track and by the special grace of God, all lost areas will be covered."
Earlier, Legit.ng previously reported that the former governor of Abia state, who was jailed for allegedly stealing public funds, has been released from custody.
Two sources familiar with the development confirmed that Kalu, a serving senator, was freed from the Nigerian correctional facility in Kuje, Abuja, on Friday, May 8.
He has now been moved to his residence off Queen Amina street within the perimeter of Aso Rock Presidential Villa.
Similarly, Kalu said he is looking forward to rejoining his colleagues "in the Senate as soon as possible" following his victory at the Supreme Court.
In a statement after his freedom, Kalu who served as Abia governor between 1999 to 2007, boasted he is anticipating his return at the upper chamber. The lawmaker is representing the people of Abia North in the Senate, running on the platform of the ruling of All Progressives Congress (APC).
He said: "I would like to let it be known that the events of the past five months gave me an added perspective on matters of justice and injustice in Nigeria. I have come to know that the course of justice will not be complete if it stopped at my case."
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