‘Why Appeal Court Judgment On Abia Election Cannot Stand’ – PDP

Alex Otti-Okezie IkpeazuA chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia State, Ben Onyechere, yesterday said the Court of Appeal judgment on the Abia governorship election cannot stand because it went against the will of the people.

He said if it were in other climes, the judgment ought to be subjected to a probe because PDP’s victory at the election was as clear as daylight.

According to Onyechere, the massive turnout of voters, who cast their ballot for Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of the PDP, makes the judgment questionable.

Recall that the court of appeal had sacked Ikpeazu after cancellation of election in three local government areas – Obingwa, Osisioma and Isiala Ngwa North – where it was alleged there was violence.

The court therefore ordered that Dr. Alex Otti, who was the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate, should be sworn-in immediately after he scored the highest number of votes following the deduction.

However, Onyechere, who is President of the Igbo Question Movement, said there must be more to the verdict than meets the eye.

In a statement, Onyechere, a former Personal Assistant to former Vice President Alex Ekwueme, said the appellate court got it wrong by declaring the APGA candidate winner of the April 11, 2015 governorship poll.

He said: “The judgment delivered by Abia governorship appeal is a close reminder of what transpired in the recent past when states were freely awarded to a party of their choice without recourse to judicial decorum.

“That trend seemed like cancer until it was arrested at Sokoko were an attempt was made to upturn the election of the governor.

“The sensibility of people of Nigeria have in the recent past been set aghast by the mucous and delusional sentiment of political considerations associated with such judicial partisanship.

“That judgment is an affront against the Ngwa who were unpretentious about their voting pattern in the last election.

“In civilized climes such judgments which are inconsiderate of the defenceless masses, who had fallen over themselves in other to exercise their right of citizenship should have being probed.

“Judiciary in this digital era can no longer be made to look like an Okija shrine where the priests are probably infallible but must be made to live up to their bidding which is primarily as the last hope of helpless masses, not as an instrument of denial and intimidation”.

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