The camp of Senator Orji Kalu, the former governor of Abia State went into jubilation at the hearing of the reversal of the judgement that convicted and sentenced him to twelve years imprisonment.
The Abia State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was on Friday thrown into wild jubilation.
They were optimistic that Kalu would be acquitted of all the charges against him in the expected retrial.
Abia State Chairman of the party Donatus Nwankpa and Publicity Secretary of APC, Comrade Benedict Godson, said the ruling was heartwarming.
Nwankpa attributed it to the result of persistent prayers of members who never gave up hope about Kalu regaining his freedom.
Godson on his part said that if not for the ongoing pandemic of COVID-19, Aba, Umuahia, Igbere and other parts of the state would have witnessed huge celebration on the streets as Kalu is dear in the heart of many Abians.
d spiritual reappraisal. It is God’s way of showing him what people are suffering over there and that has increased his profile and his knowledge of the other side of people.
“He has known that a lot of people are being kept behind bars because there is no one to speak for them. As far as we are concerned, what His Excellency went through is a lesson of life to enable him to contribute more especially as it has to do with the marginalized members of the public.
“He has always spoken for the masses. Today, he is much more exposed, enlightened and informed. He will no longer be speaking from people’s experience but from his personal experience.
On a planned reception for Kalu when he finally decides to visit the state, Nwankpa said: “There is no way that your father will travel and you will not come to welcome your father. But the most important thing is that at the moment, we are under the COVID-19 period, every other thing will be worked out and communicated accordingly.
“The Abia APC members are celebrating. The whole state is celebrating. The congratulatory messages that have been pouring into my phone are across party lines. I have received calls from members of the State and National Assembly members that are not APC members. Kalu is enjoying the goodwill of Abians.”