Alleged N7.2bn Fraud: Kalu in fresh trouble as Presidency dumps him
The former governor of Abia state, Orji Uzor Kalu is in fresh trouble as Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) vowed not to accommodate him back into the party .
Presidency has refused to intervene in his ongoing trial at the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos states over alleged N7. 2 billion fraud.
It was gathered that the Presidency is already looking for alternative in Abia that will fly the All Progressives Congress (APC) ticket in the former governor’s senatorial district.
Speaking on behalf of chieftain of the party in Abia state, Hon. Chuks Ndom and Prince Eric Kalu declared that “it would amount to gross disservice to our people to hurriedly readmit ex-governor who is being alleged to have looted over N7 billion from the state treasury.
“Suddenly, the ex-governor has remembered us because the presidency has given him red card “
Although, the former governor has denied plans to defect from the All Progressives Congress (APC ), to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
However, it was gathered that the former governor was said to have made overture to some high ranking members of the ruling PDP in the state who told him in plain terms it may be too difficult to readmit him into the party .
But, the chieftain of the party insisted that Orji is looking for a way to come back to the party as a result of the ruling of federal High Court , Ikoyi on alleged N7.2 billion fraud in which the court ruled that the governor has a case to answer.
The chieftains of the PDP in the state said “We heard on good authority that the presidency and APC have rejected the former governor following his re-arraignment in court by EFCC over alleged N7. 2 billion fraud.”
The group insisted that “We will not be in a hurry to reunite with a rejected member of APC.”
Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi Lagos had on Tuesday dismissed a no case submission filed by chief Kalu on his bid to stop his trial over alleged N3.2 billion fraud.
Justice Muhammed Idris ruled that the former governor has a case to answer in accordance with section 14, 15, (6)16 ,17 and 21 of the money laundry prohibition Act of 2005.