Orji Uzor Kalu, the Chief Whip of the Senate, has said he does not regret the six months he spent in prison, saying it is part of his “life script”.
Kalu said this at the campaign rally of Mascot Uzor Kalu, his brother and the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Aba North/South constituency in the House of Representatives in response to comments credited to Okezie Ikpeazu, Governor of Abia State; and Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, the Senate minority leader.
Both Governor Ikpeazu and Senator Abaribe were reported to have said Kalu had not recovered from his prison experience after he asserted that roads in Abia were either funded by the federal government or Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
But reacting, Kalu said he is not ashamed of his time in prison, saying that even former president Olusegun Obasanjo spent time in prison but eventually overcame the difficulties and was elected as Nigeria’s leader.
He stated that he was happy God allowed him to go to prison, saying it is an experience that will help him in life.
He said: “It is part of my life script”.
“This is 10pm and I am here with you, can the Governor or Abaribe come here? That is why in leadership, you have to be with the people you are leading,” Kalu said at the event held Monday night.
“But they don’t understand this simple technique, all the projects they claim to be doing are all on radio, nothing on the ground. Joseph went to prison, even Obasanjo went to prison.
“My going to prison is part of my life script and I am thankful God allowed it.”
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had arraigned Kalu and Ude Jones Udeogu, a former director of finance and account in Abia State, for alleged N7.1 billion fraud.
The former governor was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment in December 2019, while Udeogu was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
The Supreme Court had on May 8, 2020, voided the trial and ordered a retrial after an appeal was filed by Udeogu.