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Bye-Election: Orji Kalu And His Entourage Storm Ariaria Int’l Market
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Bye-Election: Orji Kalu And His Entourage Storm Ariaria Int’l Market

The campaign entourage of the All Progressive's Congress (APC) in Saturday's Aba North/South bye election led by Senator Orji Uzor Kalu alongside the Minister for Mines and Steel have arrived at Ariaria International Market Aba to campaign for its candidate Mascot Kalu. The entourage was greeted with a massive welcome by the traders. See photos and video below. https://youtu.be/CVuy3wy7kao
Even Obasanjo Went To Prison; I’m Not Ashamed Of My Experience – Orji Kalu
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Even Obasanjo Went To Prison; I’m Not Ashamed Of My Experience – Orji Kalu

Chief Whip of the Senate and former governor of Abia State, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, on Monday night said he was thankful to God to have been imprisoned for six months. He revealed that God allowed the conspiracy of his enemies because it is part of his life’s script. Speaking in Aba North Ward 1 during his ward-to-ward campaign for All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Chief Mascot Uzor Kalu, for the Aba North/South Federal Constituency by-election scheduled to hold on Saturday, March 27, the former governor in response to statements by Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu and Senator representing Abia South Senatorial zone, Enyinnaya Abaribe alleging that he had not recovered from Kuje prison experience, Kalu said he was not ashamed of having gone to prison, which afforded h...
Kagara Abduction: FG Has Abandoned Us, Says Niger State Government
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Kagara Abduction: FG Has Abandoned Us, Says Niger State Government

Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has accused the Federal Government of not doing enough to secure the release of victims abducted at Government Science College, Kagara. When he received Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, at Government House, Minna, on Thursday, the governor said the state has been left to handle the rescue on its own. Although he admitted that the Federal Government sent a delegation to the state and also deployed 300 mobile policemen to the state, Bello said his administration has been left to shoulder the financial responsibility. “So where is the support? At the moment we have not seen any Federal support here since this incident occurred. Yes we had a delegation that came to commensurate with, but we are left to ourselves,” ...
Orji Kalu And Governor Sani Bello Of Niger State Meet Behind Closed Door
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Orji Kalu And Governor Sani Bello Of Niger State Meet Behind Closed Door

The Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu has just arrived the Niger State Government House, Minna for a visit to the state governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello. Senator Kalu was ushered into Governor's office, where he was received by the Governor and his cabinet, Kalu and Bello later proceeded for an indoor meeting. Kalu arrived at the power state at exactly 11:30 am alongside the President of Belema Oil, Engr Jack Rich; The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Federal Road Maintenance Agency FERMA, Hon. Femi Bamisile, former Chief of Staff to Abia State Government,  Hon Mascot Uzor Kalu, other associates, and his aides. The meeting is still ongoing as of the time of filing this report.
Fani-Kayode Hosts Senator Orji Kalu
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Fani-Kayode Hosts Senator Orji Kalu

Former minister of aviation Femi Fani-Kayode has received Chief Whip of the Nigerian Senate, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu. Mr Fani-Kayode revealed that he received the lawmaker representing Abia-North Senatorial District for a dinner at his home on Tuesday evening. In a post across social media platforms on Tuesday, Fani-Kayode said he had a “wonderful time” and “some very fruitful discussions” with Kalu who he claimed has been his friend for over 30 years. He wrote; “I had the honor and privilege of receiving Senator Orji Uzor Kanu in my home for dinner last night. We had a wonderful time and some very fruitful discussions about our country. “Orji and I have been friends and brothers for over 30 years and it is always my pleasure to see him and host him in my home.” ...
Incompetence is Worsening Insecurity – Governor Wike
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Incompetence is Worsening Insecurity – Governor Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has blamed the increased insecurity witnessed in the country on incompetence. The Rivers state Governor said this when he led the Chief Whip of the Nigeria Senate, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, former Minister of Works, Mike Onolememen, and other dignitaries on a project inspection tour in Port Harcourt and ObioAkpor Local Government Areas of Rivers State on Thursday February 18. Wike also alleged that fighting criminality and insecurity in the country are often undermined by political inference in the posting of heads of security agencies. He said; “There is so much insecurity in Nigeria. There are killings everywhere and they (APC) told Nigerians that they will solve the problem. But the problem is not being solved. “They appoint Commission...
2023: “It’s Time For Southeast To Produce President”, Igbo Leaders Insist
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2023: “It’s Time For Southeast To Produce President”, Igbo Leaders Insist

Political leaders of the South East geopolitical zone across all political parties, have insisted that it was turn of the region to produce president in the 2023 general elections. The resolution was reached at the South East bipartisan meeting held at Igbere, Abia State country home of Senate Chief Whip, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, on Tuesday. Igbere TV had earlier reported about the meeting which held to discuss the political future of the South East region ahead of the 2023 presidential election. At the meeting, the leaders argued that Nigerians across political, ethnic, and religious divides fought hard, long, and collectively to enthrone the current democratic dispensation as the surest way to engender national development and guarantee a just and equitable society “where eve...
Governor Ikpeazu Does Not Intend To Join APC – PDP
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Governor Ikpeazu Does Not Intend To Join APC – PDP

The People's Democratic Party, PDP, on Saturday, said Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State does not have any desire to join the All Progressives Congress, APC. MCI had reported that former Governor of Abia State and Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu said Ikpeazu promised to join APC. Reacting over the report in a statement made available to MCI Hon. Chief Fabian Nwankwo, Publicity Secretary of PDP described the report as rumour and urged PDP loyalists in the state to continue supporting Ikpeazu. Nwankwo further advised Senator Kalu to prevail President Muhammadu Buhari to tackle growing insecurity, Economic Retrogression, social Injustice and decay of infrastructure in the country. MCI recalls that few weeks ago, Governor David Nweze Umahi of Ebonyi State deca...
Rapper, Chinko Ekun Meets Senator Kalu (Photos)
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Rapper, Chinko Ekun Meets Senator Kalu (Photos)

Popular award winning Rapper “Chinko Ekun” on Saturday evening met with the former Governor of Abia State and current Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu. “Chinko Ekun” whose real names are “Oladapo Olamide Emmanuel” arrived the “Aso-Villa” Abuja residence of the Senate Chief Whip at about 3:15pm in company of his friends The visibly thrilled prolific Rapper was ushered into the building and made his way straight the expansive visitor’s lounge to greet Senator Kalu who was already hosting other dignitaries. Chinko Ekun who bagged “The Headies Award for Best Street-Hop Artiste for the Hit song “Able God” exchanged pleasantries with Senate Chief Whip and was immediately invited to join the banquet. The highpoint of the visit was when Chinko performed his award wini...
Orji Kalu Fumes As His Jet’s Technical Faults Aborts Visit To Maduguri
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Orji Kalu Fumes As His Jet’s Technical Faults Aborts Visit To Maduguri

The Senate Chief Whip, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu was on Saturday enraged in anger and disappointment over the refusal of the engine of his private jet to start, ABN TV learnt. The former Governor of Abia state had stormed the private jet wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja where he was billed to jet out to Maiduguri, Borno state capital. The visit according to our correspondent was connected to the wedding ceremony of the son of Kalu's bosom friend,  Dr Lawan Bukari, a  former registrar of the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID). Dr Lawan  according to reports was the Dean of Student Affairs of University of Maiduguri when Kalu was a student. However,  Kalu's flight became stalled after one of the engines of Kalu's jets stationed to ferry Kalu and his entoura...
Emir Umar Faruq Hosts Orji Kalu After Meeting With IBB, Abdusalami (Photos)
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Emir Umar Faruq Hosts Orji Kalu After Meeting With IBB, Abdusalami (Photos)

The Emir of Minna, Dr Umar Faruq on Monday hosted Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, Senate Chief Whip, at his Minna palace, the Niger State capital. Kalu arrived the Emir's palace at about 4:30pm and proceeded immediately for a private meeting with the monarch. Kalu had arrived Minna, the 'power' state on Monday at exactly 2pm alongside political friends, associates and retinue of aides. Before meeting with Emir Faruq, Senator Orji Kalu had met privately with General Abdusalami Abubakar, former head of state. The meeting with Abubakar was preceded by an hour-long meeting with General Ibrahim Babangida, former president at his Minna residence. Speaking on the reason for his visit to the Emir of Minna, Senator Kalu who described the visitation as “private”, said he was at the palace t...
Orji Kalu Meets Abdulsalami Abubakar In Minna (Photos)
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Orji Kalu Meets Abdulsalami Abubakar In Minna (Photos)

Senate Chief Whip, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu is currently in a closed-door meeting with former head of state, General Abdulsalami Abubakar. Kalu, a former Governor of Abia State, arrived the residence of Abdulsalami in Minna, Niger State at about 3:30pm on Monday. Senator Orji Kalu was immediately ushered into the ex-head of state's residence where he was received by General Abdulsalami himself. Our correspondent in the tour reports that Kalu and Abdulsalami later proceeded for an indoor meeting which lasted over an hour. The Chief Whip of the Senate earlier today paid General Ibrahim Babangida a private visit after which he proceeded to Abdulsalami’s residence. Igbere TV had reported how Kalu arrived the power state at exactly 2pm on Monday alongside political friends, assoc...
Senator Kalu Replies Akpabio Over NDDC Contract
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Senator Kalu Replies Akpabio Over NDDC Contract

Chief Whip of the Senate and former Governor of Abia State, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu on Monday said the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has not paid any dime to the contractors who built the roads he facilitated. Kalu was reacting to the communique written by Senator Godswill Akpabio, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, where he reportedly mentioned ex governors Emmanuel Uduaghan, James Ibori , Senator Ifeanyi Ararume , Senator Orji Uzor Kalu and others to the several contracts allotted by the NDDC In a statement signed by Barrister Emeka Nwala of office of the Senate Chief Whip and made available to the media, Kalu said he believes the issues at stake in the NDDC has to do with missing funds and not works done , adding that he is becoming worried over his name being used i...
Orji Kalu Arrives National Assembly To Resume Duties As  Senate Chief Whip
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Orji Kalu Arrives National Assembly To Resume Duties As Senate Chief Whip

The Nigerian Senate, Tuesday, was on stand still as Chief Whip of the Senate , Senator Orji Uzor Kalu and former Governor of Abia State resumed for his Senatorial duties at the Red Chambers. Orji Kalu’s resumption could be described as a “triumphal” entry as he was greeted with thunderous cheers from hundreds of staff , security personnels , lawmakers and other well wishers who gathered to catch a glimpse and welcome the Chief Whip after his 6 months absence. The Chief Whip arrived the Senator building at exactly 9:00AM , spent minutes acknowledging greetings and cheers from people. When asked by Journalists to comment on his experience at the Kuje correctional centre , he responded “Keep Hope Alive”. Recall that, Senator Kalu was released after over 6 months of incarcerati...
Senate President Lawan Leads Senators, Ministers To Orji Kalu’s Residence After He Was Released From Prison (Photos)
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Senate President Lawan Leads Senators, Ministers To Orji Kalu’s Residence After He Was Released From Prison (Photos)

Senate President Ahmad Lawan on Thursday night led a delegation of Senate leadership to visit the Senate Chief Whip , Senator Orji Uzor Kalu in his Aso Villa residence , Abuja. The visit took place one day after Kalu, a former governor of Abia, was released from prison following his conviction by a federal high court in Lagos. Kalu alongside Ude Jones Udeogu, a former director of finance and account of Abia state were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on 36 counts of money laundering to the tune of N7.1 billion and they were jailed in December. But they appealed the verdict of the court. The host and his visitors all wore face masks but did not observe social distancing when they posed for photographs.  
Photos Of Senator Orji Uzor Kalu Leaving Kuje Prison
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Photos Of Senator Orji Uzor Kalu Leaving Kuje Prison

Senate Chief Whip, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu has just been released from the Nigerian Correctional Service’ custody in Kuje, Abuja. This followed yesterday's order of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos ordering the immediate release of the former Governor of Abia. Justice Mohammed Liman, who ordered Kalu’s release, also quashed the 12-year jail term imposed on him last December 5 by Justice Mohammed Idris. Here are moments the Abia North senator walked out from custody freely, as captured by Igbere TV.
Orji Kalu Set To Resume At Senate Tomorrow After 5 Months In Prison
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Orji Kalu Set To Resume At Senate Tomorrow After 5 Months In Prison

Barring any last-minute changes, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, who was released from a correctional facility in Kuje, Abuja on Friday is set to resume at the Senate tomorrow, Daily Trust reports. It could be recalled that the former Abia State governor was jailed in December 2019 over allegation of misappropriation of Abia’s state funds to the tune of N7.6 billion during his tenure; between 1999 and 2007. He pleaded not guilty. The lawmaker, who represents Abia North in the Senate under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), heaved a sigh of relief when the Supreme Court, last Friday, quashed the judgement of the lower court that convicted him to a 12-year jail term. Kalu and co-defendants, Slok Nigeria Ltd and a former Director of Finance of the Abia State Government Hou...
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Orji Kalu’s Conviction Politically Motivated – Nnamdi Kanu

The leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has described Senator Orji Uzor Kalu's ill- advised conviction over alleged fraud and money laundering as politically motivated. Kanu in a statement made available to Igbere TV on Thursday said he warned Sen. Kalu that the northerners do not love the Igbos. He said this is because of the pathological hatred Alimajiris have towards Biafrans (Igbos especially) because their industry and ingenuity expose their mediocrity. He, however, described Kalu as one who is committed to one Nigeria. The statement reads, "I warned him when he came to see me in Kuje Prison that those illiterate unity begging Alimajiris from the desert don't love him but he wouldn't listen." "I warned him that Fulani caliphate will ...
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Orji Kalu: High Court Verdict Can’t Stand, No Cause For Alarm – Lawyer

Following the ‘ill-advised conviction’ of former Governor of Abia and Senate Chief Whip, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, of alleged N7.65bn fraud, a legal practitioner has declared that there was no cause for alarm. Speaking in a telephone interview shortly after the court ruling on Thursday afternoon, Victor Otie, Esq., faulted the judgement, insisting that it was unknown to law and cannot stand. “This is just a temporal distraction from his (Kalu’s) legislative duty, we are challenging it. We are sure of victory just like the Tribunal case. The ruling cannot stand. “How can you say a company (Slok) that has been in existence before he became governor should be wind up? Does it make sense?.” Asked if the judgement has direct legal implications on his (Kalu’s) seat as senator and o...
Nigeria Needs To Pray More To Overcome Challenges – Lawan
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Nigeria Needs To Pray More To Overcome Challenges – Lawan

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, said on Wednesday that Nigeria needs prayers to overcome its challenges. Given the situation, we are in today, the various challenges that Nigeria and its people face, we even need to pray more,” Lawan said while receiving in audience a delegation of the Christian Legislators’ Fellowship of the National Assembly. The delegation was led by the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege. The Senate Chief Whip, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu was also in attendance at the meeting. The mission was to invite the Senate President to the 10th National Prayer Breakfast scheduled to hold on 31st October, 2019 at the International Conference Center, Abuja. The Senate President said the Prayer Breakfast was timely and urged all to first seek the f...
Tribunal Sacks Senator Orji Uzor Kalu
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Tribunal Sacks Senator Orji Uzor Kalu

The National and State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Abia State has nullified the election of Orji Uzor Kalu as the Senator representing Abia North. The tribunal also ordered for a rerun election for the Abia North Senatorial District Kalu was elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the February 23 election.
Is President Buhari Under Pressure To Release Ministerial List? Check Out What He Is Saying
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Is President Buhari Under Pressure To Release Ministerial List? Check Out What He Is Saying

According to a Punch Metro report, President Muhammadu Buhari admitted on Thursday night that he had been under unprecedented pressure to release the names of his ministerial-nominees. The President, who made a brief remark during a dinner he had with the leadership of the National Assembly, however, maintained that he would not be stampeded into releasing the list. He stated that when he first came into office in 2015, the majority of ministerial appointees were not known to him personally. This time round, the President stated that things would be different as he would appoint persons that he knew personally, a reason the search had continued till now. He said, “Many at this dinner meeting are saying they want to see the list of the proposed cabinet so that they can go on lea...

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