Why Orji Kalu’s seat won’t be declared vacant – Senate

The Senate has said it will not declare the seat of its convicted chief whip, Orji Uzor Kalu, vacant.

The Senate spokesperson, Godiya Akwashiki, disclosed this to Punch Newspaper.

Such a declaration, he said, is against the law.

The lawmaker said no provision in the Nigerian Constitution says the seat of a senator facing prosecution or convicted at a lower court should be declared vacant.

The trial/conviction

The Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday sentenced Mr Kalu to 12 years in prison after convicting him of N7.65 billion fraud.

Mr Kalu, a former governor of Abia State, was pronounced guilty of the charge in a trial that lasted for 12 years.

The ex-governor was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on July 11, 2007. He was tried alongside his company,…

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