The ordeal of Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, former Governor of Abia State has been attributed to the handiwork of mischief makers bent on destroying him.
This revelation was contained in a statement by the President of the Arewa Youths Consultative Forum (AYCF) Alhaji Yerima Shettima.
In a chat with journalists in Abuja, Shettima said: “We are aware that some persons, especially those within APC, never believed Orji Kalu will succeed in winning the senatorial election. In fact, they created so many obstacles to prevent him from getting the party’s ticket and when he eventually succeeded they conspired and mobilised forces against him winning the election proper. But they are not Allah who decides, so he won the election with landslide.
“Yet they went after him again through the electoral tribunal, but because Allah has destined him to be in the Senate, he triumphed at the Appeal tribunal again. Yet these enemies re-strategised and again came after him through this long-standing case and turned the table around. We know all the story.”
The AYCF leader accused “over-ambitious individuals” in the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the former governor’s ordeal.
Shettima promised that: “At the appropriate time, we shall name those involved in this conspiracy against this peace-loving former governor. Yes, we shall name those behind this rubbish because they are the real enemies of Nigeria… very soon, the public will know who they are. Nothing is hidden under the sun for too long.”
The former Abia State Governor, Senator Orji Uzor-Kalu, who was convicted and jailed for corruption last December for N7.65billion fraud and money laundering after a 12-year trial, had his appeal turned down this week as the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja, dismissed the appeal for lacking in merit.
Alhaji Shettima Yerima’s new narrative adds another macabre twist to the Kalu affair. It would be interesting to hear the names of those who supposedly influenced his imprisonment as suggested by the AYCF.
*** Iyke Nwabueze