Nigerians Disagree Over Kalu's Sentencing As Former Governor Gets Set To Appeal Ruling
By Iwedi Ojinmah 2 months ago
There are mixed reactions throughout Nigeria regarding Sen. Orji Kalu's sentencing to 12 years in prison over N7.65 billion fraud. Many call it a case of the chicken coming home to roost while others say it's nothing but a witch hunt.
Two-party chieftains in Abia are on opposing sides just like most of the country, and the Awareness caught up with them.
First was Mr Igara (above), who is the state Chairman of the Labour Party, He said that the judgment was a “good precedence.”
“It is a normal thing and goes to prove that nobody is above the law.
“The first lesson is for those who are in government and second is for others who intend to take over is that whatever they do, there is always a judgment day.”
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress in the state, Donatus Nwankpa (above) disagreed saying that he was disappointed and angry with the judgment.
Mr Nwankpa, a member of the Abia House of Assembly when Mr Kalu was governor, said that the judgment was simply not fair.
“The party will meet to take a position on the judgment but as an individual, I am very saddened by the judgment.
“I am not convinced that (proper) judgment was given,”
Mr Nwankpa said that he never had the confidence that Mr Kalu would get a fair judgment, “considering the utterances of the judge in the past."
“I’m highly convinced that something went wrong. The judgment is not fair,” he said.
In related issues, Maduka Okoro (below), the South-East Media Aide to Mr Kalu, told NAN that Mr Kalu would appeal the judgment “to allow other judges and a higher court take another look at the caseRelated: Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal Hails Ihedioha's Behaviour And Current Response To Ouster As Governor
Mr Okoro said that Kalu was not bothered by the judgment but considered it as one of the travails that every leader must experience “before becoming what God wants him to be.”
He expressed optimism that the judgment would be reversed by a higher court, adding that Mr Kalu would be acquitted at last.