Abia State Government has cautioned the judiciary against actions capable of giving undue advantage to politicians whose political interests are opposed to the wishes and aspirations of the masses in the state.
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu’s chief press secretary, Mr. Godwin Adindu, said this when he addressed a press conference in Lagos. He spoke against the backdrop of the recent decision of the Court of Appeal, which upturned the state election tribunal’s confirmation of Ikpeazu’s win at the governorship election in April last year.
Adindu said the people of the state earnestly sought good governance and Ikpeazu had delivered just that in his first 200 days in office, and the people were happy with him.
The chief press secretary said the appeal court verdict, which ordered the removal of Ikpeazu as governor and the swearing in of the All Progressives Grand Alliance candidate, Dr. Alex Otti, almost caused anarchy in the state, but for the governor’s peaceful disposition.
Adindu warned, “Abia State is not for sale and nobody should trifle with the destiny of the people,” saying, “All the people involved in this grand conspiracy to cause havoc in Abia and drag the state into anarchy and bloodshed should stay clear of Abia.”
He also spoke on some of the fundamental issues that have been raised by the state government about the appeal court judgment.
“How could they (the justices) have ordered INEC to swear-in Mr. Alex Otti immediately after their pronouncement when they know that there is still a window of 14 days within which the governor has the right to appeal to the Supreme Court? Adindu wondered.
He added that APGA was not ready for the last governorship election in the state and they demonstrated this by the party’s inability to present candidates for the two House of Assembly seats in Obingwa Local Government Area, where the governor, who was the PDP candidate, hails from. “So who could have mobilised or monitored votes for APGA in Obingwa?” he asked.
On the protests in Aba and other parts of the state against the judgment of the Court of Appeal, Adindu said these were legitimate expressions of anger by a people who felt disillusioned by the attempt to steal their mandate through the judiciary.