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Ikpeazu Cries Out, Accuses INEC Of Breach Of Constitution, Electoral Law

Posted: Jul 1, 2016 at 4:15 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Emeka Okafor

Aba – Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has cried out over what he described as breach of the country’s Constitution and Electoral Act by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for issuing Certificate of Return to Dr Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah.

Addressing journalist at the Government House Lodge in Umuahia, Friday, Governor Ikpeazu said that he still has windows in the law to challenge the rulings of the Federal High Court, Abuja, as the sitting governor of the State.

“Even if it was a death sentence, I don’t think I deserve to be executed without right of appeal and that right is undeniable, that right is fundamental. Denial of that right is denial of my fundamental right and I will resist it and I know that all well meaning Nigerians will resist it.

“The tenants of democracy is very clear and the will of the people is sacrosanct and the aim of the Federal constitution of the federal Republic of Nigeria and the Electoral Act is to protect the will of the people such that you are required to run an election, pass that election, election will be tried through the tribunal up to the supreme court and then the verdict will eventually affirm the will of the people. All these as you are aware we have all gone through this since the past one year and at this hour somebody decided to bring in something that is strange to the law.

“What is on trial is our democracy; it is not about me as a person. I want to assure Abians that this illegality will not stand but I will test it through the appeal court all through the supreme court until the final verdict of the supreme court”.

The Governor who was flanked by his deputy, Ude Okochukwu, Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Cosmos Ndukwe and other principal officers in his government  described as untrue the rumours that his travails were being sponsored by powers that be, said “I don’t think that is the part the federal government will like to toll. It is antithetical to the believe and framework of the present administration and want to dissuade your minds from such rumours”.

He expressed concern over what he termed the desperation of Uche Ogah to forcefully railroad his way into Government House Umuahia.

In his words: “This is somebody who did not run an election, he surreptitiously planned to ambush the mandate which Abia people freely gave to me on the 11th and 25th of April last year, this is somebody who never campaigned, somebody that was not tested by the Abia  public. His acceptability was not tried and he surreptitiously arranged and got judgment and then the role order for that judgment was released before details of the judgment itself which is also procedurally wrong in the law, all geared towards railroading him into Government House Umuahia against the will and mandate of the people.

“We are baffled by the urgency and desperation to pounce into Government House and when we put it side by side with the various criminal charges which we are aware, bothering on all kinds of things which are subsisting in various courts, at least 12 criminal charges with different courts in Lagos and elsewhere against this same person, it becomes a little bit clear why the desperation in the first place, probably to get a veil of immunity from the certainty of the court decision for or against him.

Governor Ikpeazu who wondered why Ogah wants to deny him the opportunity to be heard at the court, assured that he will be resolute in his determination to defend the mandate given him by Abia people.

The governor who used the forum to commend Abia youths for their decorum and good conduct in the face of unwarranted provocation, while urged them to continue to remain peaceful and law abiding saying: Abia is on track and your mandate is safe”.

Meanwhile, security agents has continued to block the entrance into the government house, Umuahia with Mobile Police personnel and other Security agencies manning the gate into the seat of power.

At Aba, the commercial nerve centre of the State, economic and social activities are moving on without any security breach.

The State government had declared Friday and Monday next week as public holidays to honour the demise of one of the State’s Elder Statesmen, Dr Ojo Maduekwe, and former Secretary Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who died last week in Abuja.