A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant in the 2015 governorship election in Abia, Sir Friday Nwosu, who filed a tax forgery suit against Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, has faulted the judgment of the Federal High Court, Abuja which sacked Ikpeazu and declared Dr. Uche Ogah as governor.
Nwosu said he still remained the rightful candidate of the PDP in that election and the person to be declared governor.
Nwosu, who spoke with Daily Sun on phone said the court erred in law when it declared Ogah as governor since he refused to accept the result of the December 8, 2014 PDP primaries and petitioned the national leadership for a rerun.
He said the judgment was in error and could not stand judicial scrutiny.
“Dr. Ogah should not be allowed to benefit from an exercise he totally condemned by refusing to sign the result and petitioned the party to conduct another primary election. He should wait for the rerun of the PDP primary which he prayed for in his petition to the party. In the eyes of the law, Dr. Ikpeazu and Sir Friday Nwosu were the only candidates who ran for the party primary.
“Since Dr. Ikpeazu has been disqualified, I remain the lawful candidate of the PDP and ought to be declared governor,” Nwosu explained.
He said PDP’s constitution recognises the zoning of political offices and that the 2015 governorship position was rightly zoned to Abia South in the spirit of justice and equity.
“ Since Dr. Uche Ogah is a member of the PDP, he must abide with the decisions of the party.”
Therefore, he cannot emerge from behind to shortchange the people of Abia South,” Nwosu stressed.
Nwosu’s suit which has suffered several delays is still pending before Justice A.I. Alagoa of the Federal High Court, Owerri, for adoption of written addresses by parties and have been slated for July 4 and 5, 2016.
The Federal High Court 10, Abuja presided over by Justice Okon Abang, had nullified Ikpeazu’s nomination as the PDP candidate and directed the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), to issue certificate of return to Ogah.
He disclosed that he has appealed the verdict and urged his teeming supporters across the state to remain law abiding, adding that justice would be served on his petition which is being heard by the court