– Abians, party leaders hail judgement
This afternoon, a Federal High Court sitting in Owerri (Imo state) dismissed the case of tax forgery filled by former PDP Governorship aspirant, Barr. Friday Nwosu.
Though the detail of the judgement is still sketchy, jubilant Abians who cut across political persuasion have been reacting to the vindication of the embattled Governor.
From Abia North to Abia Central, down to his home base Abia South Senatorial Zone, thousands of Abians have been commending the judiciary for the landmark judgement.
The PDP leadership has also been celebrating Ikpeazu’s victory.
In a chat with PDP Chairman, Obingwa Local Government, Hon. Kingsley Nnaji (Kimbo), we were told Abians at home and in the diaspora are elated and joyous about the development.
“The Judge ruled there is no evidence of tax fraud against our Governor. That F.N. Nwosu failed to prove the case of forgery against him beyond all reasonable doubt. The implication is that it will affect the other case at the Appeal Court.”
In his own reaction, the Obingwa PDP Secretary, Emeka Ritch Awudu commended Abia people for their massive support for the Governor. He is happy that they defended their votes in the face of the attempted coup in Abia God’s Own State.
“We are happy that the Governor has been vindicated. It is not just about Dr Ikpeazu. The Judge ruled that Justice Okon Abang of Abuja High Court erred in law by declaring Mr. Uche Ogah Governor when he didn’t participate at all levels of the Abia Governorship election.
“Dr Okezie is still at work. We have to sustain this mandate”.
Only last week, Justice Okon Abang, in a controversial judgement, held that Governor Ikpeazu of Abia state was not qualified to run for the 2015 Abia Gubernatorial elections, ab initio. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the strength of the judgement, went on to give Ogah questionable Certificate of Return.
But the Abuja High court presided over by Abang ruled on Monday, July 3, that the judgement Enrolment Order was not enforceable. He asked parties to return to court on Thursday, July 7 for ruling on Ikpeazu’s motion for Appeal and Stay of Execution. The public holiday, however, affected the court sitting.
And on Friday, July 8, 2016, Justice Louis Allagoa of Owerri High Court dismissed another case related to the same matter filled by a former PDP Guber aspirant against Ikpeazu.
– Glory Osigwe