The former Governor of Abia State, and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Orji Uzor Kalu, has said that everybody can attest to the fact he is not a corrupt Politician.
The former Governor made this disclosure in an exclusive interview with the African Independent Television, AIT, which was monitored by Post-Nigeria.
Speaking on the corruption charges levelled against him since 2007 which is still pending in court, coupled with the allegation by the National Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Emma Powerful, Orji Kalu said: “I have replied him. My interest is more on the safety of our people living in the Nort,h as well as those beyond the North.
“I do not want Igbos to be slaughtered like animals. If we allow Nnamdi Kanu to continue what he is doing, Igbos would be slaughtered like rams, and the record shows that Igbo investment in Northern Nigeria is over N50 trillion.”
He added: “So, we cannot afford to risk all that because of one man’s mistake. I cannot discuss my issue of being corrupt and not being corrupt, because the matter is before the court. But our people know that my face does not look like a man who is corrupt.
“I never touched money when I was Governor and my Commissioners are there to attest to that. They know who the real thieves are. My issue had been a political problem based on the third term, which we said no to. I am one of the surviving Governors, who fought the third term (Obasanjo’s Presidential 3rd term ambition) still standing till today.
“Others were destroyed; I do not want to mention anybody’s name. I believe most sincerely that people should stop spreading unnecessary cheap propaganda, or cheap blackmail that will not do anybody any good. I am a man who is welcomed in Washington; I am welcomed in London, I am welcomed anywhere I go; I don’t need to blow my trumpet. I believe in the facts of the law. If I am guilty, punish me, but if I am not, let me go home.”
Post-Nigeria recalls that Orji Kalu, his company Slok Nigeria Limited, and his former Aide, Udeh Udeogu, are facing a 34-count amended charge bordering on money laundering and fraud, amounting to N3.2 billion.
The accused persons were alleged to have diverted the money from Abia State Government’s treasury between 2001 and 2005.