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Orji Kalu received in grandeur after returning to Abia from jail (Photos)

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Weeks after he was released from prison, Nigerian Senator, Orji Uzor Kalu on Monday, July 27 was received in grandeur when he returned to his country home, Abia state.

Recall that in December of 2019, the former Abia state governor was sentenced to 12 years in prison after he was convicted for N7.1bn fraud alongside his firm, Slok Nigeria Limited, and a former Director of Finance during his tenure, Ugo Udeogu.

The Supreme court on May 8, 2020, then nullified Kalu and Udeogo’s conviction on grounds that the presiding judge, Justice Mohammed Idris, lacked the jurisdiction to have presided over their case.

The former governor, however, remained incarcerated until June 2, when Justice Mohammed Liman of a Federal High Court in Lagos ordered his release from custody.

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NAN reports that Kalu, who arrived at the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, Owerri, around 1.20 pm, was received by his political allies and chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the state.

Party faithful also turned out in large numbers at Onuimo, the Abia/Imo boundary to receive him, waiving the APC flag and chanting the party slogan.

At Umuahia, scores of residents lined up the major streets to catch a glimpse of the lawmaker representing Abia North, who was chauffeured through the city in a motorcade en route to Igbere, Bende Local Government Area.

Addressing newsmen at the airport, Kalu expressed gratitude to God for the prevailing peace in Nigeria.

He said that he felt well being home after his release from unlawful incarceration.

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He said:

“I feel well to be home. I am always a home boy. A home boy is always a home boy.”

Kalu said that his Abia North Senatorial District did not miss anything as a result of his six months at the Kuje Correctional Centre.

“Abia North did not miss anything because all that were supposed to be done were represented in the budget.”

“The senatorial district has become a huge construction site. What is happening there has never happened in any senatorial district in Abia.

“There are more than 19 roads currently undergoing rehabilitation in the area,” Kalu said.

Party stalwarts at the brief airport reception included the state Woman Leader, Dr Ori Obasi, Mr Chijioke Chukwu, representing Kalu’s Bende State Constituency at the Abia House of Assembly, Mr Ndukwe Agu, former General Manager, Abia Road Maintenance Agency, among others.

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In separate remarks, they thanked God for Orji’s freedom from incarceration, saying that it further embolden the party ahead of the 2023 polls in Abia.

They also expressed the hope that Orji, who they described as a detribalised Nigerian, liked by many people across party lines, would give voice to the aspiration for a president of Igbo extraction in 2023.

At Kalu’s Camp Neya residence in Igbere, security operatives had hectic time trying to control the people, who thronged the compound in a bid to see him.

He was released from Kuje prison on June 3, 2020.

Kalu made a triumphant return to the state and was received by his teeming supporters.

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Edo 2020: APC admonishes supporters against violence

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Saturday admonished its supporters in Edo against violence before, during, and after the Sept. 19 state governorship election.

Mai Mala Buni, Chairman of the party’s Caretaker Committee, gave the advice in Benin at the official commencement of APC’s 2020 Edo governorship campaign.

“We are here to win and not to fight,” he said.

Buni said he and members of his entourage were in the state to present the party’s governorship candidate before the party’s teeming supporters.

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The caretaker committee chairman, who is also the governor of Yobe, added that they were also in Edo to ensure that the party takes back its mandate in the state.

He noted that with the crowd seen at the campaign ground he had no doubt that the party would be voted for in the forthcoming election slated for Sept. 19.

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Buni advised also that the supporters must ensure that their votes count.

Similarly, Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State said the APC Campaign Council for the election had concluded arrangements for a successful election in the state.

Ganduje who is the council chairman advised APC supporters on the need to create an enabling environment for the party’s candidate to win.

He commended the party’s election committee for a job well done.

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Also, the party’s candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, gave assurances that they would win the election in all the state’s 18 Local Government Areas (LGAs).

“I thank the party’s national leadership for coming out in a grand way to identify with the APC in this state,” he said.

The candidate disclosed that the party in the state would from Monday embark on campaigning from one LGA to the other.

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Edo 2020: Oba of Benin calls for peaceful campaigns, election

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The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare the 11 has called on political parties participating in the Edo 2020 election to go about their campaigns peacefully.

The Royal Majesty made the call when he received a delegation of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on a courtesy visit at his Palace in Benin on Saturday.

The APC delegation, led by Yobe Governor, Mai Mala Buni, was in Benin for the official flag-off of the party’s campaign for its Edo 2020 Gubernatorial candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

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The Oba said the Palace had not been happy with the recent happenings in the state.

He called on everyone in the state to pray for a peaceful Edo election.

“There is nothing as powerful as prayers.

“As you go about your campaign, go about it peacefully and without bitterness,” the monarch said.

Oba Ewuare also reiterated that he remained non-partisan and had never supported any political candidate.

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He said, “We remain non-partisan because of the laid down rules of our ancestors; we must be fathers to all.

“We see every candidate as our child and we pray for everybody. It is wiser to leave the fate of the election to God.

“I am not against any candidate; I have never been for or against any candidate but when the people have chosen via the election, we will pray for him to succeed in office.’’

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Speaking on behalf of the delegation, the Yobe Governor and Chairman, APC National Caretaker Committee, said the visit was to present the Edo 2020 APC governorship candidate to the royal majesty for his blessings.

Buni was optimistic that APC would reclaim the state come Sept. 19.

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PDP State Congress: Smooth sail for all contestants in Bauchi

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Contestants in Saturday’ s State Congress of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in Bauchi are having smooth sail as all of them are vying unopposed, reports the Newsmen.
No fewer than 2,153 delegates are expected to cast their votes, in spite of the lack of opponents that will slug it out to produce 39 officials to occupy various positions in the State Executive Committee of the party.
In his remarks before the commencement of proceedings, the congress  Returning Officer,  Amb. Umar Damagun assured that the process would be free and fair.
He said that all the positions being contested were unopposed but for justice and fairly, votes would be cast to enable the contestants and party delegates to exercise their franchise.
He assured that the committee would adhere to the provisions of the party constitution and standing rules.
Also speaking, Malam Ibrahim Shira, a chieftain of the PDP,  commended the party for ensuring proper organization of the congress.
NAN reports that the voting commences at about 2:00 p.m,  under tight security and in the presence of stakeholders, such as the representatives of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other relevant bodies.
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