MasterwebNews 5/8/16 - The Position of APGA on the Dismissal of APGA/Otti Application to Appeal the Federal High Court Judgement on Ogah Vs Ikpeazu

[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] - The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Abia state , received with utmost disapproval the dismissal of the Application  which APGA and her candidate Dr. Alex Otti  had filed at the Appeal court seeking to be party to the ongoing Appeal between Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu and Dr. Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah concerning the governorship seat of Abia.

As a party that believes in the sanctity of the Rule of  Law, and holds the judiciary in high esteem, we respect the ruling of the respected justices who sat over the matter, though we completely and most respectfully disagree with them on this matter, and thus state as follows;

1. That contrary to the position of the court, the issue at stake is not in any way an Intra Party matter, as neither APGA nor her Candidate Dr. Alex Otti through their application sought to determine who the Candidate of PDP in the election was or is at the moment.

2. That neither APGA as a party nor Dr. Alex Otti as a Candidate is seeking for the declaration of Dr. Otti as the Candidate of the PDP, neither did the duo question the nomination or process of nomination of Ikpeazu as PDP gubernatorial Candidate.

3. That APGA and Dr. Alex Otti merely sought to invoke Section 141 of the Electoral Act especially where it contradicts the consequential orders made by the Federal High Court which earlier disqualified the PDP Candidate in the election, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, so the reference to Section 87 (9) of the Electoral Act by the Appeal Court is
inconsequential in this circumstance.

 4. That the false information which formed the basis of Ikpeazu's disqualification and removal by the Federal High Court  was submitted to INEC, a federal government electoral body which conducted the Governorship Election in Abia, and that Ikpeazu and his party the PDP submitted the said false information for the purpose of the Governorship election which APGA and Otti also took part in.

5. That the offence which led to the disqualification of the PDP Candidate as stated in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria authorizes any other interested party beyond the PDP to initiate a legal action, and therefore cannot be suddenly isolated from interested parties like Otti and APGA or buried on the altar of legal technicality.

6. That having taken part in the governorship election, declared second by INEC though with majority L.GAs on the strength of the votes cast by Abia electorates, met all constitutional requirements to be elected as Governor in a general election conducted by INEC, it is most unjust, unfair, fatal, fallacious, and injurious for the Appeal Court to hold that our party APGA and our Candidate Dr. Alex Otti do not have sufficient legal grievance to institute our case.

We hope that by the time our case gets to the Supreme Court, the justices would in their wisdom  thoroughly bury the contradictory terminologies and technicalities employed in overlooking the merit, soundness and sensitivity of our Appeal, which beyond morality, is rich and meritorious in law. We therefore appeal to millions of angry Abians to still think Abia First by remaining calm and very peaceful as we
exploit this Divine Window of Opportunity to reclaim the mandate you fearlessly and historically gave to APGA and Dr. Alex Otti.


Rev. Augustine Ehiemere
State Chairman, APGA.


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