FORMER Abia State Governor, Dr. Orji Kalu has expressed his readiness to face his trial and prove his innocence on the 107-count corruption charges brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The former Abia State governor’s reaction is coming on the heels of Supreme Court’s dismissal of his appeal Friday. The court also ordered the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta to reassign the case for expeditious trial.
Justice Suleiman Galadima, who wrote the lead judgment that was delivered by Justice Sylvester Nwuta held that Kalu’s appeal lacked merit.
In addition, the apex court held that the ex-parte order of the Abia State High court relied upon by the former governor in asking to quash the charge against him cannot stand.
According to him, the decision of the Supreme Court directing his trial by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for alleged N2.4b fraud as governor is a welcome development, pointing out that there was nothing unusual about the order,
Dr. Kalu, who made this known from London, where he is delivering a convocation lecture, declared that he was ready and highly disposed to the trial. “I am willing to submit myself for the rule of law to take its course. That has always been my passionate advocacy right from the lower courts where the case emanated.
According to a release signed by his media adviser, Mr.
Ebere Wabara, “this clarification has become imperative lest oppositional forces mischievously misinterpret the ruling and mislead the public by injecting their jaundiced opinions into the routine directive as had always been with similar cases where the apex court intervened. There is nothing novel about the latest manifestation in the on-going litigation—it was the next thing to expect”.
“I assure the EFCC of my continued support and profound cooperation in any further investigation into this allegation. Let me reaffirm that all the defence documents relating to the case are at my disposal and I am willing when the time comes to make them available to the agency.
“There is nothing surprising about this stage of the case.
Having exhausted the lower court processes, the next level is where we have arrived and as I have always insisted I will be vindicated at the end of it all. I have nothing to fear as there is no skeleton in my cupboard hence my robust commitment to the rule of law in this and other issues involving me. This is part of the price I have to pay for opposing the third-term agenda fiasco of former President Olusegun Obasanjo. My happiness is that Nigerians are aware of all my travails for standing against evil in the country in whatever form”, Dr. Kalu said.