Orji Uzor Kalu: not ashamed to have gone to prison

Orji Kalu Not ashamed to have gone to prison

The Chief Whip of the Senate, Sen. Orji Uzor Kalu, says he is grateful to God for allowing him to experience prison. Kalu stated this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Umuahia on Tuesday.

Kalu was sentenced to Kuje Correctional Centre for 12 years on December 5, 2019, for allegedly misappropriating about N7.1 billion, while serving as Abia governor between 1999 and 2007.

However, the Supreme Court on May 8, 2020, upturned his trial and conviction by Justice Muhammed Idris of the Federal High Court in Lagos.

Orji Kalu Not ashamed to have gone to prison

According to the statement by his media aide, Peter Eze, some prominent Abia politicians, who were angered by Kalu’s scathing criticism against the state government, accused him of still suffering from his prison experience.

But speaking at a campaign rally for Chief Mascot Kalu, his younger brother, and the APC candidate for the March 27 Aba North/South Federal Constituency election, Kalu reportedly thanked God for his prison experience.

The statement quoted Kalu to have said that his detractors were “little-minded to think he is ashamed of his prison experience.

“My conspirators thought I would be president in 2023, so they decided to cut my journey short at all cost.

“But you see, these people are not God. They think I am ashamed to have gone to prison.

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