The guilty Chief Whip of the Senate, Orji Kalu, can still receive his salaries and all other entitlements whereas, in jail, the Senate has said.
This is despite that he won’t be performing any legislative function from jail.
The representative of the Senate, Godiya Akwashiki, disclosed this on Sunday.
He said despite the conviction, Mr. Kalu remains a sitting senator and will be paid all of his entitlements fully.
He said till the case gets to Supreme Court and a final judgment is given, Mr. Kalu remains a serving lawmaker.
“He remains a senator. this is the primary court. The matter goes to Supreme Court so, he still has the chance to appeal up to the Supreme Court level.
“Of course they’re going to pay him. because he is a sitting senator just like I said…if you file for an appeal, you’re still serving and so they will pay you.
“All his entitlements are paid. there’s no cause for alarm. Even though the Court of appeal says they need to uphold the judgment of the inferior court, he still has the proper to travel to the Supreme Court. thus once the Supreme Court says, yes, the judgment is okay, then that’s the final,” he explained.
Earlier, Mr. Akwashiki said Mr. Kalu’s seat won’t be declared vacant.
He explained that no provision within the constitution that says the seat of any senator facing prosecution or guilty at a lower court should be declared vacant.
Mr. Kalu’s seat won’t be declared vacant except he (Mr. Kalu) has explored all the legal choices accessible to him without success, he said.
“Even the tenure of a former governor Joshua Dariye, who has been in prison for some time currently, ran its course till the end of the 8th National Assembly. nobody declared his seat vacant.”
The Federal high court in Lagos on Thursday sentenced Mr. Kalu to 12 years in jail once convicting him of N7.65 billion fraud.
Mr. Kalu, a former governor of Abia State, was pronounced guilty of the charge during a trial that lasted for twelve years.
The conviction comes twelve years once the ex-governor was 1st inactive by the Economic and Monetary Crimes Commission (EFCC) in 2007 and was tried aboard his company, Slok Nigeria restricted, and Udeh Udeogu, who was Director of Finance and Accounts at the Abia Government House throughout Mr. Kalu’s tenure as governor.