“I own 90% of PDP” – Orji Kalu recounts how he gave N500 million to PDP.

Orji Uzor Kalu, former Abia state governor, says he should own 90% of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by virtue of his N500 million donation to the former ruling party in 1998.

Kalu said asides being a major stakeholder in the PDP at its inception, he also funded the first presidential election of Olusegun Obasanjo with N100 million.

The ex-governor made the comments on Monday during a dinner in Washington DC, United States.

Kalu also said that the PDP government he supported put him out of business over his decision to contest the presidency in 2007 and for going against the third term agenda of Obasanjo.

“All of you know that if the PDP were a company, I ought to own 90 per cent of it because in 1998, I gave the party its first N500m. By then, I wasn’t in government,” he said.

“I also gave the presidential candidate, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, over N100m in 1998.

“How many Nigerians would have done that? Yet the same government, the same PDP, took my bank, took my airline, took my oil licence to put me out of business entirely because I proposed that I must run for president in 2007; I also opposed the 3rd term, which they are denying today.”

 

Source: The Cable

Former Abia governor Kalu visits Nnamdi Kanu in Kuje prison

Former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu on Friday visited embattled leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu at the the Kuje Prison, Abuja.

 

Kanu is standing trial for alleged treason amongst other charges.

 

The former governor made this known on his Facebook page on Friday.

 

He wrote, “Today, I visited Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in Kuje Prison and we engaged in a very long discussion. Kanu is my brother and a son of the soil.

 

“He shouldn’t be where he is because Kuje Prison is not his home. It is therefore my utmost concern to see him regain his freedom like every other Nigerian.”

 

 

 

Why Igbos should join APC – Orji Kalu

Former Gov. Orji Kalu of Abia State says it is more beneficial for the South-East to join the All Progressives Congress (APC), in order to benefit from being in the mainstream national politics.

Mr. Kalu said this during an interaction with journalists at his “Camp Neya” country home at Igbere in Bende Local Government Area of the state.

He said the victories recorded by APC in the Edo and Ondo general elections proved that the APC had become acceptable to Nigerians.

He, therefore, argued that the people of the South-East would benefit more if they quit the opposition camp and stood with the decision makers in the ruling party.

“Ndigbo should join APC to enable them to sit where other Nigerians are seated to decide on how to move the nation forward.

“The APC electoral victories in Edo and Ondo clearly showed the popularity of the party.

“So, I did not make mistake in taking the Igbos into national politics, where other Nigerians are seated; that is where I want the Igbos to sit.

“So, there is nothing wrong in our joining APC for us to be able to sit where other Nigerians are seated. That is more important to me.”

He said it was imperative for other prominent Igbo politicians to swell the number of people from the South-East region in APC.

He identified other APC members of South-East extraction to include the Minister of Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, and Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo, among others.

Mr. Kalu commended President Muhammadu Buhari for fulfilling his promise to resume work on federal roads in the South-East.

“During my visit to the president, he made a promise to me and other leaders three months ago that all the contractors would be back to the federal roads before the end of November.

“Today, if you go to every federal road in Eastern Nigeria, you will see that all the contractors are back fully and this is why I joined APC.

“I didn’t join the party on selfish basis; I joined because the president made a promise and I have seen that the contractors are back to site.

“And if they are back, why can’t I believe him? He will do more,” Mr. Kalu said.

He said his interest was for the South-East to have good roads, security and opportunities to trade and achieve prosperity.

On the current economic recession in the country, Mr. Kalu, who is also a renowned businessman, said: “All nations of the world are going through recession; Nigeria is not an exception.

“I am an international businessman; I am crying in all the countries I am doing business.

“From one country to the other, the story is the same; so we are crying there as we are crying in Nigeria.”

Mr. Kalu urged the president to pay attention to the economy as he had done to security.

I didn’t join APC to escape EFCC trial – Orji Kalu

A former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, said he did not join the All Progressives Congress because of his travails in the hands of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Kalu was responding to questions from reporters after he was received by the Chief John Odigie-Oyegun-led National Working Committee of the APC in Abuja on Wednesday.

When asked whether he was joining the party because of his travails at the hands of the EFCC, Kalu said, “My family members are here (APC) and I am coming to join them.”

He explained that his decision to join the party was largely due to pressures from his family, friends, political associates and other well wishers who placed a premium on his political value.

The former governor added, “All my friends are here. I am not saying my friends are not in the other party but it’s time to take stock.

“It is important to go along family lines in order to rebrand Nigeria. I am back to join where my family are.

“If I had joined earlier at the time they were forming government, it would look like I am trying to join them to form government. This is the right time for me to join because this is the middle time between now and the next season to do politics. I am joining now to be able to play raw politics.”

He maintained that his decision would help convince his kinsmen especially in the South-East that “the APC is an all inclusive party which has the growth and development of Nigeria as the reason for its existence.”

The entrepreneur, publisher and businessman also announced that since he registered in his ward on Sunday, over 4, 800 others had registered as members of the party.

He announced that there two sitting members of the House of Representatives from Abia would soon make public their decision to join the APC.

The politician dismissed insinuations that the APC would disintegrate before 2019. He expressed confidence that the party had come to stay.

Kalu, who described himself as a complete Nigerian, said he schooled in the North, learnt to do business in the South-West and “by virtue of my birth, I’m an Igbo man.”

“The South-East and other parts of the country will be delivered to the APC in 2019,” he vowed.

Kalu pledged to abide by the party’s rules and regulations as well as carry out any task entrusted to him by the party.

Earlier, in his remarks, Odigie-Oyegun had described the former governor as a leader whose entry into the APC was worth celebrating.

Orji Uzor Kalu promises to add value to APC.

A former Governor of Abia State, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu, on Wednesday, defected to the All Progressives Congress with a prayer that God would use him to add value to the party.

Kalu was received at the APC National Headquarters, Abuja by the party’s National Chairman, Chief John Odige-Oyegun, and members of the National Working Committee.

He said his defection to the APC was made possible by the persistence of some of the party’s chieftains who had been wooing him for some times.

According to him: I was invited to dinner over 20 times by some of the party’s chieftains, including the national chairman, while the wooing lasted.

“They had been on by neck, asking that I must come over to APC and the national chairman always buys me red wine.

“My red wine is still packed in his house and I visit his place regularly to chat because we attend the same church.”

Kalu, however, said that it was a privilege to be accepted into the party, adding that he would abide by its laws, while remaining a good party man.

He thanked Odigie-Oyegun and other party chieftains for the confidence they reposed in him and for making him join the party.

He assured them that states being governed by opposition parties in the South East and other parts of the country presently would be delivered to the APC in 2019.

He said: “God will help us to achieve this, but the most important thing is the ability to consult, discuss and move forward.

“Nobody is an embodiment of knowledge; knowledge is in the hands of God and He will always give us knowledge.”

Kalu prayed that the APC continued to wax stronger and for its leaders to sustain their support for President Muhammed Buhari in his quest to develop the country and fight corruption.

Kalu expressed optimism that though the country was going through rough times, good policy formulation would help to lessen the suffering of the people.

He expressed optimism that the APC would live beyond 2019 contrary to the predictions of some Nigerians.

Kalu said: “Nobody can say that APC cannot go beyond 2019; Nigerians should change this behaviour that after every four years when there is presidential election, people will start saying they want to change party.

“APC has come to stay in my opinion and in the opinion of other people and the international community.

“If APC is going and its members that welcomed me here today are going, I will go with them.”

Kalu, however, said that he would not contest any position, but added that he would accept any role the party may find him worthy of playing.

He said: “Once you are a party man and you are given a mandate to do anything, you will do it, but for me, I am an entrepreneur and I will like to go back to my business.”

Receiving him, Odigie-Oyegun described the politician as a positive asset not only to the South East, but to APC and Nigeria, who could be used to resolve the country’s challenges.

He explained that the party’s chieftains took time to woo Kalu to the party because of his attributes of resilience and commitment over the years.

Odigie-Oyegun said: “Given the attachment of the South East before now, it was also necessary to go out for leaders who can contribute positively, who people listen to and you fall into that category.

“Your coming and timing is very significant, but I must say that you have a lot of work to do to consolidate our party in the East.”

Odigie-Oyegun said that the APC would depend on Kalu to win not only states in the South East but the South-South in 2019.

He assured the former Abia State governor, who defected from the Progressive People’s Alliance, that he would be given his rightful place in the APC.

He added that though the country was going through difficulties, which was not created by the APC-led government, the party was determined to address it.

UPDATE: “Why I joined APC” – Orji Kalu

A former Governor of Abia State, Orji Kalu, on Wednesday said he joined the ruling All Progressives Congress to help diffuse tensions that the party is an ethnic or religious contraption.

Mr. Kalu sent ripples through the country’s political atmosphere when he disclosed Wednesday afternoon that he’d cross-carpeted to the APC since Sunday.

He announced his move to the APC hours after resigning from the Progressive Peoples Alliance, a party he established in 2006 and had funded since then.

“If they see us in this place, they will know that that APC is not an ethnic or religious party,” Mr. Kalu said in a press briefing to announce the move.

The former governor admitted that the APC will be a tough sell in the South East, but expressed optimism that it will eventually be accepted after intense lobbying of those that matter in the region.

“It is something that we need to be explaining to the Catholic bishops, Anglican bishops, the Pentecostal churches and the rest of them,” Mr. Kalu said.

Mr. Kalu said he represented an asset to the APC because his move to the party had seen no fewer than 4,000 residents of Abia State join it within the last few days, a crowd he said included two serving federal lawmakers.

“Between Sunday when I registered at Igbere and now, there are 4,000 new members already registered with the APC in Abia without making it open,” Mr. Kalu said. “there are two members of the House of Representatives who are there right now that are joining the APC.

Mr. Kalu stated that he deliberately delayed his move to the APC in order to deprive his political detractors of any ground to launch attacks against him.

“If I had joined at the early times when they were forming the government, it would have appeared as if I want to be part of that process,” Mr. Kalu said. “This is the right time to join.”

Mr. Kalu said his move to the APC was the result of several months of negotiation with the party’s executives, a discussion he said was going on at the same time as when the PDP national leaders were lobbying him.

The politician said he had no intention of running for office but only to serve as a loyal and unifying figure within the APC.

“I am not going to run for any office for now. I am going to be a very good party man,” Mr. Kalu said. “But if the party find me worthy to do anything, I will do it.”

Mr. Kalu’s move to the APC came two weeks after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission re-arraigned him for corruption he allegedly perpetrated while he was governor of Abia between 1999-2003.

But the former governor appeared to pre-empt speculation that may arise from his decision to join the APC.

“I am sure that you know that nobody can pocket me in Nigeria or make me say what I don’t want to say or do what I don’t want to do,” he said.

Former Abia Governor, Kalu resigns his membership of PPA.

A former governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu has dumped his party, the Progressive Peoples Alliance, PPA.

The businessman said he took the decision after wide consultations with political associates, followers, loyalists and well-wishers.

The party was founded by Kalu in 2006, and produced Chief T. A Orji and Chief Ikedi Ohakim as governors of Abia and Imo states respectively in the 2007 polls.

The decision was made public in a November 14, 2016 letter he personally signed and addressed to the national chairman of the party.

He said in the letter that, “It is with a heavy heart, full of precious memories, profound appreciation and goodwill that I write to inform you of my decision to quit my membership of the PPA.

“As a founding member of the PPA, in 2006 and a former chairman of the BoT, I have been fortunate to have witnessed first hand, the growth of a party that grew out of the yearning of a people to challenge their intuition and their struggle to determine who governs them and how they should be governed.

“I gave to the PPA and that struggle the better part of my political life and the time has come for me to say thank you for the opportunity to have served a worthy cause, and to have been your flag bearer as candidate for the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“I must move on now and as Tennyson reminds us, “Though much has been taken, much still abides and though we are not now that strength which in old days moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are; one equal temper of heroic hearts, made weak by time and fate, but strong in will. To strive, to seek, to find and not to yield.

“And so, today, I officially resign my membership. Thank you and may God continue to guide the affairs of the PPA under your reign as national chairman.’’

Alleged N3.2b Fraud: Ex-governor Kalu Insists on Being Tried In Abuja

Former Governor of Abia State, Orji Kalu has objected to the planned transfer of the criminal case against him and two others from Abuja division of the Federal High Court to Lagos.

He has applied to the court, via a motion, for among others, an order of mandamus compelling the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) to prosecute the case in Abuja division of the court.

He has equally filed a motion exparte, through his lawyer, Awa Kalu (SAN) for leave of court to apply for the issuance of an order of mandamus compelling the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court to return the case marked: No. FHC/ABJ/CR/56/07 (Federal Republic of Nigeria Vs. Orji Uzor Kalu & 2 others), which was transferred from the court’s Abuja division to Lagos, back to Abuja for the continuation of trial.

Kalu also asked the court to direct that the leave so granted shall operate as a stay of all actions, matters or issues ancillary to or relating to the case, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.

Kalu, his ex-aide, Jones Udeogo, and the former governor’s company, Slok Nigeria Limited were on September 27 this year rearraigned on a 34-count charge before a Federal High Court in Abuja.

They were, in an amended charge, accused of diverting about N3.2bn by the accused from the Abia State Government’s treasury during Kalu’s tenure as governor of the state.

Justice Anwuri Chikere, before who they were arraigned, granted them bail and adjourned to December 6 for the commencement of trial.

Kalu, in his fresh motion, said he was aware the case has been transferred to the Lagos division of the Federal High Court following a request by the prosecution.

Kalu stated, in a supporting affidavit, that the case against him and others were commenced in 2007 after he left office as Governor of Abia State, but that it suffered delay because parties went on appeal up to the Supreme Court. The case resumed on September 27.

He added that, due to the case brought against him by the EFCC, he temporarily relocated to Abuja to face trial alongside others charged with him.

He added that: “In 2016, the Supreme Court ordered that the case be returned to the Abuja division of the Federal High Court for trial.

“Acting in strict compliance with the judgment of the Supreme Court, the Chief judge of the Federal High court, Justice Ibrahim Auta [3rd respondent], assigned the case to justice Anuli Chikere for trial.

“It is the case of the applicant that all parties appeared before Justice Chikere on two occasions and the matter was adjourned due to pending appeal before the Supreme Court.

“On the third occasion, the court ordered that the defendant [Kalu] alongside others should take their plea which they did and were admitted to bail.

“The court alongside the prosecution and defense team agreed for three clear dates and the matter was adjourned to October 6, 7, and 8, 2016 for definite trial, thereafter, all the parties left the court to prepare for adjourned dates.

“Surprisingly and without consultation with other parties and defense team of the applicant, the EFCC [1st respondent] which is the prosecuting agency approached the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court [3rd respondent] and asked for a transfer of the case to Lagos judicial division of the Federal High Court.

“The 3rd respondent yielded to their request and transferred the matter to Lagos judicial division of the Federal High Court.

“Upon becoming aware that the 3rd respondent has transferred the case to Lagos judicial division of the Federal High Court, he petitioned the acting Chairman of the 1st respondent [EFCC], Ibrahim Magu, through one of his counsel, Amobi Nzelu.”

N5.6bn Fraud: FG Files Amended Charge Against Kalu

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, yesterday, filed an amended 34-count criminal charge against the former governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu.

 

The charge, marked FHC/ABJ/CR/56/07, was entered before the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on a day trial Justice Anwuli Chikere was to commence hearing on an initially amended 112-count charge the anti-graft agency preferred against Kalu and two others on February 11, 2008.

 

The development, yesterday, made it the third time EFCC is amending the charge against the defendants. Kalu was hitherto answering to a 107-count corruption charge alongside his alleged accomplice, Udeh Jones Udeogu and his firm, Slok Nigeria Limited. The charge against them borders on conspiracy, money laundering and illegal diversion of public funds to the tune of N5.6 billion. The fraud was allegedly perpetuated while Kalu was governor of Abia State between 1999 and 2007. EFCC had, at the last adjourned date, April 11, secured leave of the court to arraign the defendants on the previously amended 112-count charge.

 

Justice Chikere adjourned to take fresh plea of the defendants after she was furnished with judgment of the Supreme Court, which on March 18, held that the defendants have a criminal case to answer.

 

Pending appeal

 

Meanwhile, at the resumed sitting yesterday, EFCC’s lawyer, Mr. Oluwaleke Atolagbe, told the court that he had just filed “a further amended charge” against the defendants.

 

However, counsel to the second and third defendants, Chief Solomon Akuma (SAN), notified the court that his client, Slok Nigeria Limited, still has an appeal pending before the Supreme Court. Akuma explained that what was previously determined by the apex court were two separate appeals marked SC/215/2012 and SC/264/2012, which were lodged by Kalu and Udeogu. He said: “The third appeal, SC/264a/2012, is still subsisting. As at

He said: “The third appeal, SC/264a/2012, is still subsisting. As at today briefs have been filed and exchanged by all the parties. “We have gone further to apply to the Chief Justice of Nigeria and the Director of Litigation at the Supreme Court to give us a date. “It is our submission that the commencement of hearing on this trial will prejudice the pending appeal. In the

In the circumstance we humbly ask for an adjournment.” His adjournment request was supported by Kalu’s lawyer, Chief Awa Kalu (SAN). Although EFCC’s lawyer confirmed the pendency of the appeal, he, however, stressed that issues raised by the third defendant were similar to what was earlier determined by the Supreme Court. Efforts by the prosecution, who placed reliance on Section 306 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, to persuade the court to proceed with the trial, failed as the court subsequently adjourned the matter till June 30 for

Efforts by the prosecution, who placed reliance on Section 306 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, to persuade the court to proceed with the trial, failed as the court subsequently adjourned the matter till June 30 for mention.

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FIFA Presidency: NFF Meets Over Kalu’s Ambition

Orji Uzor Kalu’s ambition to become the next FIFA president is generating excitement as Nigeria Football Federation appears reluctant to be drawn into declaring support for the former Abia State governor.

Pinnick Amaju

Uzor-Kalu, declared his intention to replace Sepp Blatter in the February 2016 elections, but that move is now a subject of discussion among top football enthusiasts. Nigeria Football Federation president, Amaju Pinnick stated yesterday that the matter will be discussed by the executive committee of the NFF and its position will be made known.

“All I can say is that every decision regarding who to support for the FIFA election will be taken by the executive committee.

“But let me also add that there is this eligibility clause to run for the FIFA election. Article 13 sub-section 1. States that you must be in active football for the last five years as a referee, chairman of a club, president of a federation, member of executive committee and you must be actively connected to running of football in the last five years. The NFF executive committee will surely take a decision on the matter. We appreciate his contributions to Nigeria football and we will support him in any capacity.

“Orji Uzor Kalu has done well for Nigerian football. The history of the game will not be complete without mentioning his name. He was instrumental to Enyimba’s winning of the champions league back to back in 2003 and 2004.  But that was a long time ago,” Pinnick said.

Orji Uzor Kalu For FIFA President?

Former Super Eagles first choice keeper, Peterside Idah, wants former sports loving Abia State governor,  Orji Uzor Kalu, to join the FIFA presidency race.

Idah, who spoke last night on popular cable TV sports channel, SuperSports,  wants the nation’s soccer authorities to officially present Kalu, insisting that his candidacy will receive massive support across Africa, Middle East  and beyond.

The South Africa based ex-international, who is now a Pastor and TV analyst, pointed out that Kalu, who, as Abia governor propelled Enyimba FC to  perform the historic feat of ruling Africa back-to-back in 2003 and 2004, has got the clout and contacts to run for the top soccer job.

“Kalu’s candidacy will receive massive support  on the African continent, the Middle East and other parts of the world. Nigeria as a nation should present him as a candidate. Kalu is passionate about the round leather game. He has promoted the game and we saw what he did with Nigeria’s Enyimba as governor,” Idah said.

Idah stated that an African FIFA president won’t disappoint, the same way Ghana’s Koffi Anan and Nigeria’s Emeka Anyaoku never did as Secretary Generals of the United Nation and Commonwealth respectively.

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Kalu Petitions Jega Over Abia Election

Former governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, has urged the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega to investigate the case of alleged impersonation of INEC officials during the National Assembly elections in Abia State.
In a petition addressed to Jega and signed on Kalu’s behalf by K.C Nwufo, SAN and Associates, he said the election was inconclusive and invalid by reason of corrupt practices and non compliance with the provision of the electoral act.

Kalu who contested for the Abia North Senatorial district on the platform of the Progressives Peoples Alliance (PPA) said that the elections were flawed with irregularities and impersonation and urged Jega to investigate the issues raised.

The petition reads in part: “The said Abia North senatorial district comprises five local governments with the Ohafia local government headquarters designated as the headquarters of the district, while one Dr. Ihekweaba Chigoziem, an associate professor was appointed the returning officer by INEC…”

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His Mother, Brothers Defect To APC, Ace PDP Member Under Pressure

The rank of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South-East was yesterday swelled when Elder (Mrs.) Eunice Uzor Kalu, leader of the Reality Organisation in the South-East and mother of former Abia State Governor, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu and her members joined the party.

Also, former member of the House of Representatives, Hon Nnanna Uzor Kalu and ex-Chief of Staff to Governor Theodore Orji, Mr. Mascot Uzor Kalu, joined the APC.

This was the highpoint of the visit of President-elect, General Mohammadu Buhari, to Imo State to thank the people for voting for him as well as asking them to also vote for Governor Rochas Okorocha and APC House of Assembly candidates in Saturday elections.

Speaking at a Town Hall meeting in Owerri, Buhari gave assurance that APC will experience credible polls in South East and South-South, better than what happened during the Presidential and National Assembly elections two weeks ago.

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