17 Nov 2016

Is Orji Kalu joining APC to escape EFCC?

By:Jude Egbas

Former Governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, has switched camp to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Kalu was a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)from where he moved to found the Progressives People Alliance (PPA).

His new bride, APC, rolled out the red carpet for Kalu as he teamed up with the governing party, Wednesday.
The Chief John Odigie-Oyegun-led National Working Committee of the party received Kalu at its National Secretariat.
In joining the APC, Kalu said he is only yielding to pressure from friends and well wishers.
He also added that he'll help the APC gain some acceptance in the South-East region of the country.
This may well be a coup for the APC, especially because voters in the South East region still thumb their noses at the APC as a 'Muslim' political party.
Kalu is street smart. He is also a seasoned political campaigner who is however short on matching his rhetoric with action.
The former Governor is a hardened, if duplicitous, noisome and willy-nilly character.
He has picked fights with former President Olusegun Obasanjo and his successor Theodore Orji--a man he helped enthrone Governor.
He called Obasanjo a "super thief".
Kalu also has a history of corrupt enrichment.
In October 2016, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) dragged Kalu before a Federal High Court in Lagos for money laundering.
Kalu was charged alongside his company, Slok Nigeria Ltd., and his former Commissioner for Finance, Jones Ude, on 34 counts bordering on money laundering.
According to the charge sheet, the accused persons were alleged to have retained about N3.2 billion in different accounts. The sum belongs to the Abia State Government, the prosecution tendered.
In joining the governing APC, is Kalu looking for a soft landing from his corruption case with the anti-graft agency?
The opposition PDP considers the President Muhammadu Buhari anti-corruption war, a witch-hunt.
According to the PDP, only its members have been hauled before the courts for acts bordering on alleged corruption and larceny.
If Kalu inexplicably gets off the EFCC hook while he's an APC member, PDP will have something new to moan about.

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