A former governor of Abia State, Orji Kalu, was Thursday convicted of corruption and mismanagement of N7.65 billion public funds. He was sentenced to a 12-year jail term by the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court, about 12 years after he was first arraigned by the anti-corruption body, EFCC.
His political activities before his conviction and sentencing had been dramatic and seen by some as efforts to stave off life in prison.
Mr Kalu’s first major electoral victory was his election as Abia State governor in 1999.
PREMIUM TIMES brings you a timeline of his sojourn since his first election culminating in his conviction on Thursday.
1999: Mr Kalu was elected governor of Abia State on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
2003: He won re-election as governor…