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Orji Kalu Conviction: Coalition commends Buhari, Judiciary, calls for Senator’s resignation

Anietie Udobit, Abuja

A coalition under Global Centre for Conscious Living Against Corruption, GLOCCOLAC, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari, and the judiciary, for again proving to Nigerians that anti-corruption fight is not selective.

Speaking to Journalists in Abuja on Thursday December 12, as part of activities to mark this year’s International Anti-corruption Day, the leader of the group, Dr Nwandu Gabriel commend the Judiciary for rising up to the occasion, “recall that a few days ago at this same venue, we challenged the judiciary not to succumb to a reported pressure to abandon the trial of former governor of Abia state Senator Orji Uzor-Kalu over the alleged fraud leveled against him by the EFCC.

“We were then alarmed by the sudden change in the date for judgment from December 2 to December 5. Today we want to commend the judiciary for rising up to the occasion.

“The conviction of Senator Kalu, a chieftain of APC may have also erased growing doubt in the mind of many Nigerians that President Muhammadu Buhari anti-corruption war was selective”, the group said.

The groups calls for faster trial of corruption cases, and the National Assembly to expedite passage of the bill for the creation of Special courts to handle corruption matters in the country,

“Corruption cases should be given accelerated handling. We are not happy that justice only came in the case of the trial of Senator Kalu after 12years. There are some other similar cases that have been in court for several years and ‘nobody is doing anything about them’”

The group also advice the senator to resign, and allow the people of Abia North to have a senator that will provide effective representation in the red chamber, “We wish to advice the convicted chief whip of the senate to honourably resign his seat as senator representing Abia North senatorial district. It is morally wrong for him as a convict to still represent a people from jail.

“we agree that he has the right to appeal the ruling of the lower court, but we make bold to say here that morally its wrong for him to remain the representative of Abia North. He cannot represent Nigerians from the prison. We need not to tell him this, but if he indeed loves the people of Abia North he should throw in the towel”, the group concluded.