By Chijindu Emeruwa
Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, the Majority Chief Whip of the Nigerian Senate, will make triumphant entry to Abia State, today, after his release from prison, following the verdict of the Supreme Court which nullified his conviction by Justice Mohammad Idris-led Federal High Court in Lagos over 7.6 billion naira alleged fraud.
Recall that the Supreme Court had in June, gave a fresh order, stopping the High Court’s judgment which convicted Senator Orji Kalu.
Justice Amina Augie who led a seven-man panel of Justices held that the trial Justice, Mohammed Liman Idris of the Federal High Court in Lagos acted without jurisdiction.
However, this Monday morning, socio-political groups, elderly men, women, children, associates, supporters, APC members, leaders and journalists from various media platforms have positioned themselves to have a glimpse of Senator Kalu’s entry, which watchers of event touted will be colourful and exceptional.
Speaking during a telephone interview, Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the reception and member representing Bende North constituency in the Abia State House of Assembly, Hon. Chukwu Chijioke, said the ex-Abia Governor would be received at Sam Mbakwe Cargo Airport, Imo State, by 12:Noon.
He said Senator Orji Kalu, on arrival at the airport, will also proceed to Mater Dei Catholic Cathedral, located at Azikwe Road, Umuahia, where a brief Thanksgivings and prayer session will be observed for God’s divine intervention in the release of the federal lawmaker.
Chijioke also disclosed that due to the rampaging coronavirus pandemic in the state, Kalu would adhere to the NCDC protocols on prevention of the infectious diseases in a reception at his country home, Igbere, in Bende local government area of the State.
He thanked God for his intervention and continued grace showered on Senator Kalu, whom he described as symbol of a good and detribalized leader, whose achievements were exemplary and noticeable.
In a related development, the Abia State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has also joined like minds in welcoming its general leader, and Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu to Abia State.
Comrade Benedict Godson, the Publicity Secretary of APC in the State and Coordinator APC Publicity Secretaries Forum of Niger Delta, in a press release, on Monday morning, in Umuahia, urged the former Governor to take his rightful place as Abia people would always follow where he leads.
“Today, our leader makes triumphant entry into Abia, as journey towards reclaiming our state begins. In our part of the world, we so much believe in destiny. It’s so real that when it starts manifesting, we can’t help but say it’s God’s doing.
“It’s written in the sky and it’s obvious in the minds of men that Senator Orji Uzor-Kalu is a man destined to do great things. The Bible, our holy book in Numbers 23:8 also made it clear that any man whom God has blessed, no man can curse such a man.
“So today, after the much failed efforts made to curse q man whom God has already blessed, that man is coming in to take his rightful place as our leader. He’s the APC leader in the South East of Nigeria, he’s Abia State political leader no matter the party you belong and he’s the man whom everybody give the respect as Abia Original leader.
“Many people not just those in APC have been calling upon him to come and take what rightfully belongs to him and they’ll not be disappointed because he’s coming. For us in APC, today is the beginning of us reclaiming a state that we sincerely know we can do better and make better for our people.
“The triumphant entry of Senator Orji Uzor-Kalu today into Abia is a mark of a new beginning because the breeze of change will take over from today in Abia”.