Lawyers, social critics, Aba residents and civil society groups on Thursday lauded the 12-year prison sentence handed down to ex-Governor Orji Kalu of Abia by a Federal High Court in Lagos.

A group, the Global Centre for Conscious Living Against Corruption, on Thursday called on the Senate Chief Whip, Orji Kalu, to resign from the upper chamber of the National Assembly.

It said it was morally wrong for the senator who was convicted and handed a 12-year jail term recently to continue to represent Abia North Senatorial District from prison.

The group’s leader, Dr Nwambu Gabriel, made its position known at a press conference in Abuja to mark the International Anti-Corruption Day.

A Federal High Court in Lagos presided over by Justice Muhammed Idris had in a December 5 judgment slammed a 12 -year jail term on the former governor of Abia State having found him guilty of a N7.6bn fraud allegation levelled against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.


Gabriel said Kalu could not continue to represent the people of his constituency from prison, hence the need for him to resign.

He said, “We wish to advise 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, it is wrong for him to remain the representative of Abia North.

“He cannot effectively represent Nigerians from prison. We need not to tell him that if he indeed loves the people of Abia North, he should throw in the towel.”

Gabriel said the conviction of the former governor had added impetus to the anti-corruption campaign of President Muhammadu Buhari.

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