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Await Court Decisions On Abia Impasse, AGF Tells Ikpeazu, Ogah

Forgery, Abubakar Malami, Attorney General Of The Federation (AGF)
Posted: Jul 3, 2016 at 4:21 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

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Abubakar Malami, Attorney General of the Federation and Justice Minister, has advised the parties involved in Abia governorship imbroglio to sheath their swords and await judicial decisions, even as he said he was yet to proffer any legal opinion on the ruling of Justice Okon Abang last Monday.

A statement by Salihu Othman Isah, Special Adviser to the Justice Minister on Media and Publicity, and made available to newsmen denied insinuations that he was behind the legal logjam.

“The attention of the Office of the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice has been drawn to the insinuations and crass lies being peddled and disseminated by a cross-section of Nigerians and the various media platforms that the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation is behind the legal logjam over the Abia State governorship seat and wish to clarify that those canvassing this position have no basis to do so.

” Of particular concern are those who have peddled ill-natured rumours with a view to misinforming our discerning populace that the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and by extension, the Federal Government of Nigeria that gave directives to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue Certificate of Return to Dr. Uchechukwu Ogah declaring him Governor-Elect. He has definitely not taken any action either by spoken words or body language as far as this Abia governorship crisis is concerned, Malami said in the statement.

 

According to the minister , ” I wish to therefore, on behalf of my principal declare that these rumours are untrue and a figment of the imagination of those pushing these selfish, shameless and irredeemable lies into public space which only translates to partisanship on the side of its purveyors.

The statement further stated ” As far as the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation is concerned, the constitutional powers for the legal opinion of his office have not been invoked on this issue. So far, nobody has approached him to proffer any legal opinion to it. As a strong believer in the rule of law, it is his belief that the law should naturally take its cause. The Honourable Attorney General of the Federation will not be dragged into this controversy and mind-games being played out by the various legal minds and spin-doctors of both camps at this point. “

He said the parties involved should await the decision of the courts.

” In fact, we wish to by this statement advice those in the habit of dragging the highly esteemed Office of the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice into knotty issue of this kind even when it is yet to take a position. They should desist from these unwarranted presumptions henceforth,” the statement said.