2019: If I Seek For Presidential Pardon, Buhari Will Bar Me From Visiting Him – Orji Kalu
A former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, has revealed what President Muhammadu Buhari would do him if he (Kalu) asks him to stop his trial by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Kalu, was responding to a question on whether he joined the All Progress Congress, APC, in order to evade trial for alleged money laundering, in an interview with Sun.
He said that President Buhari would be angry and bar him from coming to his house once he mentions that his case with the EFCC should be waved aside as a party member.
Kalu, who said that such request would create enmity between him and the President, insisted that he did not join the APC to be pardoned.
The former governor, who is also vying for a seat in the Senate, said, “That is not true. I joined APC mainly because of Buhari. In 2003, I was with Buhari strongly.
“In 2007, he joined me at the Yar’Adua Centre when I declared for the presidency and later worked with him.
“In 2011, I endorsed Buhari openly saying he was the most honest Nigerian living and that caused a lot of rift between me and the government in power then.
“I did not join APC for Buhari to stop my trial. I know the man very well. I have never discussed my trial with Buhari and I will not discuss it with him because I have followed all legal processes; there is nobody in Buhari’s government that will say I have begged him or gone to his house to discuss my trial with him. I know that my trial is 100 per cent political and I know it is still political.
“People are simply afraid of what I will do and I want to tell them to stop being afraid because I am created by the same God that created them.
“I will become whatever God has destined me to be and no human being can stop it. I have everything to be what I want to be; it’s just for God to keep me alive to achieve that.
“So, when people see us in APC, they think we are there to curry Buhari’s favor. No. I know the type of man he is. He used to come to this house (in Igbere) when he was not President. I took him round Abia.
“I took him to round Imo State and other places. I know Buhari’s mindset. His mindset is that money should be conserved and used for poor people.
“I cannot go and tell Buhari to call someone and tell him to stop my trial. He would ask me to stop coming to his house. That is the truth.
“So, if I know that, I would go to him to discuss about our party, to discuss about Nigeria and I would never mention my trial, he would be happy and welcome me.
“But the moment I go there to tell him ‘how can this happen?’ I would not come into his house again. So, this is the man called Buhari; people don’t even know him very well.
“Certain things have happened of late that some people say Buhari does not respect the judiciary. I don’t want to go into that, but what I want to say is that Buhari wishes the judiciary well. He has just given autonomy to the state judiciary.
“However, I expect the President to give standing directives to his law officers that they must obey the orders of the courts and that is what make the political society.”