- Over 2,000 supporters on Monday, July 27, thronged the home of former governor of Abia state, Orji Uzor Kalu to welcome him to the state
- Kalu was released in May by the Supreme Court after spending months in detention over alleged misappropriation of fund
- The Senate chief whip said that he was happy to come back after some months
The supporters of the chief whip of the Senate and former governor of Abia state, Orji Uzor Kalu, defied COVID-19 protocols to welcome him back to the state on Monday, July 27.
The Nation reports that this is the first time Kalu would be coming home after he was jailed and later released from detention by Supreme Court in May.
Legit.ng gathered that Kalu who landed at the Sam Mbakwe Airport, Imo state, took off to his hometown, Umuisi Igbere in Bende local government area of the state.
The church service which was to hold at the Mater Dei Catholic Cathedral Church, Azikiwe road in Umuahia North local government couldn’t hold, leaving many of his supporters who were waiting patiently dejected.
In an interview with journalists at the Sam Mbakwe Airport, Owerri, on his way to Igbere, his hometown, the senator said he was happy to visit home.
The senator, who was welcomed by over 2,000 supporters at the airport, explained that work is ongoing on the 19 road projects he attracted to the five council areas of the Abia North zone.
He said: “I’m happy to be home. My constituents did not miss anything. The 19 road projects I placed in the national budget are ongoing. The road projects cover the five LGAs of Abia North zone.”
The report said party stalwarts at the airport included the state woman leader, Ori Obasi, Chijioke Chukwu, representing Kalu’s Bende state constituency at the Abia House of Assembly, Ndukwe Agu, former general manager, Abia road maintenance agency, among others.
In separate remarks, they thanked God for Orji’s freedom from incarceration, saying that it further emboldens the party ahead of the 2023 polls in Abia.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Femi Falana differed on the Supreme Court verdict on Kalu as he said that the appeal court judges were empowered to hear cases at the trial courts.
It was reported that the Supreme Court nullified the court judgment that sentenced the former governor to 12 years imprisonment over alleged corruption.
The apex court nullified Kalu’s conviction in a unanimous decision by a seven-man panel of justices led by Justice Amina Augie on Friday, May 8.
Building its case on a technicality, the panel faulted the conviction of the former governor on the grounds that the Federal High Court in Lagos acted without jurisdiction.
The apex court ruled that the trial Justice Mohammed Idris Liman was no longer a judge of the Federal High Court as at the time he sat and delivered the judgement that convicted the defendants for allegedly stealing about N7.1 billion from Abia state treasury.
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