I’m too wealthy to steal from Nigeria – Kalu
Former Governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, says he is too rich to steal from Nigeria.
He made this known in an interview yesterday.
He said, “Everybody, even you Reuben (Abati), you know me pre-1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, you know I bankrolled everything, all the money politicians paid during that period, you know I was the one who brought the money in the PDP. So, how can I become a thief suddenly?”.
According to him, the allegations of fraud against him was a creation of the media, and he does not want to talk about it as the case is still in court, “I am not supposed to talk about matters in court,” he said.
Recall that Kalu was prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission which accused him of diverting money when he was the Governor of Abia State.
The senator was sentenced to 12 years in prison in December 2019, but his conviction was later nullified by the Supreme Court and he was eventually released from prison in May 2020.
The lawmaker during the interview further stated that his trial was orchestrated by people who were envious of him and wanted him destroyed.
“A lot of people think I became very successful at (an) early age, why must I have money and power. These people carelessly put me in prison for six months for doing nothing.”