A/Ibom Elders Knock APC Chair, Odigie-Oyegun For Faulting Supreme Court Verdict On Election Petition

John Odigie-Oyegun

The Akwa Ibom leaders caucus has berated the National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, for questioning the verdicts of the Supreme Court on Abia, Rivers and Akwa Ibom states.

The apex court had set aside the decisions of the lower courts, which nullified elections in the three states and affirmed the April 11 governorship mandates of Udom Gabriel Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom, Nyesom Wike of Rivers and Victor Ikpeazu of Abia states respectively.

The verdicts in the respective states were given in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

It would also be recalled that the leadership of APC in Akwa Ibom State had issued a statement rejecting the outcome of the Supreme Court judgment.

The party described the ruling as lacking “reason, depth and logic”.

The statement, signed by the party’s Publicity Secretary, Ita Awak, read in part, “the Supreme Court judgment is a dangerous act of political advocacy that completely ignores the uncontested and overwhelming evidence of the petitioners (Umana Okon Umana and APC)”.

Reacting to the condemnation at a briefing at the weekend, the group led by Senator Anietie Okon, said Oyegun’s purported call for probe of the Supreme Court rulings was “sacrilegious and he should be held for contempt”.

Okon said the call allegedly made by the APC leadership to probe the judgments was an invitation to anarchy.

“If people reject the ruling of the Supreme Court when it does not go their way, where would we be heading to as a country?” he said.

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