The Supreme Court of Nigeria will sit on the appeal filed by Uche Ogar against the judgement of the Court of Appeal which restored the mandate Abia people gave to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu today, Wednesday, February 15, 2017.
8 THINGS WE MUST ‘BEAR IN MIND’ AS WE AWAIT THE SUPREME COURT DECISION ARE:
1. Going by our laws, there are no legal interpretation that gives Uche Ogah the chances of him becoming the Governor of Abia State.
2. The 2010 Electoral Acted forbids Uche Ogah to become Governor as he didn’t ask for votes, the Abia electorate neither saw nor listened to him canvas for their votes, and thus never voted for him.
3. Uche Ogar lost the PDP primaries and thus didn’t take part in the General Elections. He didn’t even fill any INEC forms for the guber election.
4. Uche Ogah didn’t nominate any running mate because he was never a candidate and thus was a mare aspirant whose participation ended with the primaries where he was defeated with a wide margin by Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu.
5. If peradventure Uche Ogah is declared winner, who will be his Deputy? Will the Deputy Governor resign his position? Will we have a Governor without a Deputy? These can not happen, the Justices are not fools. They understand the importance of maintaining peace and stability. They can not throw the State in chaos.
6. Uche Ogah’s variance is that Ikpeazu filed false tax papers in his PDP nomination forms and the salient question, remains; How can a man who worked as a Public Servant and his tax deducted at source, subject to the PAYE system of taxation, will now be said to have filed fake tax papers?
7. How come the tax issuing authorities of the Abia State Board of Internal Revenue was neither made a party to the case nor allowed to be heard on the matter?
8. Do you know that under the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, tax and payment thereof do not even form part of the requirements that qualify anyone to run for the office of Governor in Nigeria.
It is therefore worthy of note that even faced with these entangling litigation distractions, Governor Ikpeazu has shown unwavering commitment on delivering dividends of democracy to the people of Abia State and has thus recorded numerous commendable achievements in governance in less than two years.
We are optimistic that this case will go the way of the others and that the Supreme Court, in line with its extant and time honored traditions, will reconfirm and reaffirm Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu’s mandate which was freely given to him by the people of Abia State as have also been stated by Barr. Onyebuchi Ememanka.
We shall update you minute by minute throughout the proceedings at the Court today.