Godwin Adindu the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, has said that the Court of Appeal ruling which nullified his principal’s election was aimed at mortgaging the destiny of over six million Abian people who voted in the election, just as he said the State is not for sale.
Addressing the press in Lagos, Adindu described the verdict as travesty and rape of justice, by cancelling elections in three local government areas (LGAs) in the State, thus declaring Alex Otti of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) as duly elected governor.
He reiterated that the three LGAs where elections were cancelled are Osisioma, Obingwa and Isiala Ngwa LGAs.
Adindu argued that cancelling elections in Obingwa amounts to disenfranchising the Ikpeazu, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He urged the entire world to rise up against the judgement “The entire world must rise up to condemn the judicial rascality and brigandage of the Appeal Court judges, that handled the Abia guber appeal… And what they did would have launched the state into anarchy if not for the calm and peaceful disposition of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu,” Adindu said.
Adindu who was miffed by the Court of Appeal ruling ordering 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.
“How could they even disenfranchise the governor and deny him his own right to vote? Are they saying that the about 400 thousand electorate of Obingwa, Osisioma and Isiala Ngwa North are no more Nigerians who have the right to exercise their voting right?”
Adindu warned that all the people involved in what he termed the grand conspiracy to cause havoc in Abia and drag the state into anarchy and bloodshed should stay clear of Abia.
On the invasion of the home of veteran journalist, Eziuche Ubani by soldiers and men of Department of State Security led by one Stephen Agu, the Abia State government called it an unwarranted intimidation.
“Govt feels highly embarrassed by this action and demands an unreserved apology from the security agencies involved in the act.”
Ubani, a two-time House of Representatives member, is the Commissioner for Works in Abia State. He was one of those leading massive protests against the decision of the Court of Appeal on the Abia governorship tussle.