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Is This Conspiratory Coup Against Ikpeazu And People Of Abia?

Posted: Jul 8, 2016 at 2:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chuks Osuji

The unfolding melodrama which took place in the last few weeks in Abuja and Abia looked very much as a conspiratory coup de’tat against the people of Abia. Is it collusion between the Judiciary, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Ogah?

The entire story surrounding the court judgment and the finality with which the judgment and order was made by the High Court, Okon Abang depicted something very fishy. Although many of us are not lawyers, we are not ignorant of elementary legal provisions regarding elections in this country. At least, if nothing else, we know that this case must come very clearly under the existing legal proceedings as “pre-election matter,” which should have been dealt with before the election of last year.

Even if that line of reasoning is not followed, is it possible for a public servant to present fake tax documents when we know that payment of taxes is contingent on the monthly receipt of salaries known as payee?

Besides, Dr. Uche Ogah did not participate in the election for the governorship. He stopped at the party primary level. Even at that level, it was reported that he left the venue of the primary with venom because he felt short-changed. For him, he actually by every reason of human thinking was not a full participant at the primary. If he had grudges or axe to ground it would be against the party officials who conducted the primary election.

As we know, Ikpeazu had fought several battles to defend his victory including one at the Supreme Court and won it all. How could both the INEC and Ogah think that they could by simple political manoeuvre wrestle power from Ikpeazu who has been on the seat through thick and turns of political jingoism inherent in his ascendency to power?

In fact, many Nigerians and Abians in particular have been jolting this event. What is more, the sudden issuance of Certificate of Returns to Uche Ogah by INEC within a space of forty eight hours further gave credence to the conspiracy theory.

The question is this: When did INEC begin to act with dispatch in carrying out court orders when we know that the order given to it over eight months ago to issue certificate of returns to some Federal Legislators whom the court believed were the rightful candidates of PDP in the last Federal Legislative elections including three senators did not receive such swift compliance.

It is only just few days ago that the Court has summoned the INEC Chairman to come and show reason why he should not be charged with contempt of the Court for disobeying the court order. Why was Ikpeazu’s case treated with unparallel speed and dispatch?

The most embarrassing aspect of the entire drama was the statement by the Judge, Justice Okon Abang to the effect that, “I cannot reverse myself.” That statement is in bad faith considering that Judges are not supposed to comment on their rulings or judgment.

Evidently, this Ikpeazu and Ogah case has further confirmed what many Nigerians have been suspecting for so long, that today the Judiciary is polarised by some Judges who administer injustice and not justice thereby becoming those known as “Commercial Judges” who are using their positions to line up their pockets not caring of what members of the public would think or say.

If our Judiciary has degenerated to such low ebb, the country is indeed in trouble. This means that, “the court is no longer the last hope for a common man.”

Recently, there was also a show of shame, when different courts in Port Harcourt and Abuja were playing using injunctions as musical instruments. Because of Sheriff’s entanglement with APC, the court has been used for political chessboard.

Honestly, Nigerians are not happy with the Judiciary when it comes to political matters. And that has become a serious challenge to the Chief Justice of the Federation.

Thus, the Ikpeazu/Ogah’s saga has become a sour taste in the history of Judiciary in this country. Incontestably, times without numbers there have been some rulings in which the justice elements in such rulings have been called to questions. This Ikpeazu/ Ogah’s saga has, once more, resonated on the serious misgivings which Nigerians have for the Judiciary. Indeed and in fact many people have said that the war against corruption has its headquarters in the Judiciary. Nobody will doubt this perception.