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Senate did not announce Senator Kalu’s seat empty – Lawan

Senate did not announce Kalu’s seat empty – Lawan

Senate did not announce Kalu’s seat empty – Lawan

Senate President Ahmad Lawan explained on Tuesday why the Senate failed to grant in to pressure to proclaim Senator Orji Uzor Kalu ‘s seat empty during the period of his imprisonment.

Lawan, as per a statement signed by his media and publicity special adviser, Ola Awoniyi, gave the explanation on Tuesday when Abia State thought leaders paid him a visit of courtesy.

He said what the Senate was doing by retaining the seat of Kalu, and his position was not extraordinary, but the right thing to do.

The thinkers’ delegation was at the Abuja National Assembly to thank the Senate and its leadership for displaying their concern for Kalu during his imprisonment.

In December 2019, the Senate Chief Whip was convicted to 12 years in prison for fraud committed when he was governor of Abia State between 1999 and 2007.

Kalu spent six months in the detention center before finally regaining his liberty and returning to the Senate following the judgment of the Supreme Court which nullified his conviction on the grounds of the trial judge ‘s lack of jurisdiction.

Lawan said, “No one in the Senate could persuade us that anyone should be taking the Abia North Seat because it wasn’t empty.

“He have been on several appeals and that seat remains his seat until he had exhausted all the possibilities open to him.

“Similar to the Chief Whip ‘s role, we didn’t even designate an acting Chief Whip. Until he was discharged, Deputy Chief Whip kept playing that role.

“Of course we came under pressure. But we believe the correct thing to do was to maintain that seat, that position until he got his judgment.

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