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Ohuabunwa knocks Orji Kalu’s Senate presidency aspiration, says he should clear case with EFCC first

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A former senator, Mao Ohuabunwa has claimed that the current senate chief whip, Uzor Orji Kalu is unfit to serve as the president of the 10th senate because of his issues with the anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

In March, Kalu announced that he would take over as senate president and requested that his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), zone the position to the southeast.

But speaking on the Channels Television programme, Ohuabunwa asserted that Kalu is not a fit and proper person to serve in public office.

“I will feel terrible because I don’t believe that he is competent to represent the Senate,” the former senator said.

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“He has not won the election, so I wouldn’t want a Senate president that will be removed tomorrow. He has so much baggage with him.

“He still has an EFCC case in court. Don’t forget that he was convicted. He wasn’t discharged. I am wondering why the EFCC is still holding back on that prosecution.”

The former governor of Abia, Kalu and a former director of finance and accountant in the state, Ude Jones Udeogu had been charged by the EFCC with 36 counts of money laundering totaling N7.1 billion.

On December 5, 2019, Kalu received a sentence of 12 years in jail while Udeogu received a term of 10 years. Afterward, the trial of Kalu and his fellow defendants was declared invalid by the Supreme Court on technical grounds.

Mohammed Idris, the trial judge who had been promoted to the court of appeal at the time the case was filed, was ordered by the apex court to refrain from presiding over the case while serving as a judge on the appeals court.

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