SERAP the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project is seeing red over the Senate's insistence on still paying the salaries and allowances of former Governor of Abia State, Mr Orji Uzor Kalu, pending the outcome of his case at the court of appeal.
This is despite the fact that the beleaguered Senatorial Chief Whip will not be performing any legislative function from prison.
SERAP is so vexed that it has given the Senate a seven-day ultimatum to suspend the payment of all said monies rubbishing earlier comments by Senate spokesperson Godiya Akwashiki who insisted that until all his legal avenues are exhausted Kalu remains a serving lawmaker and is entitled to all his benefits.
.2m salary must stop as Kalu while in prison and unable to sit and perform the functions of a sitting senator has ceased to be a legitimate senator. This is as per the provisions of section 66 of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria (as amended).
“Section 68(1) provides that a senator shall vacate his/her seat if any circumstances arise that would cause him/her to be disqualified for election as senator,”
They continued saying:
“We are giving the Senate leadership led by Dr Ahmad Lawan seven days to suspend (pending the outcome of any case at the court of appeal) payment of salaries and allowances to Kalu who last week was sentenced to 12 years in prison after conviction for N7.65 billion fraud."