Abia logjam persists as courts hear suits today
The political logjam caused by last week’s sack of Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu by a Federal High Court continued over the weekend.
Mr. Uchechukwu Ogah, the gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who received his Certificate of Return from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Thursday, saying Ikpeazu declared today a public holiday to truncate the judgment.
There was confusion in the state last week after the judgment.
This is even as a Federal High Court in Owerri, Imo State, will today begin hearing in the suit brought by another claimant to the Abia governorship seat, Friday Nwanozie Nwosu, a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant in the state.
Ogah’s counsel, Onyekachi Ubani, said it was clear that the holiday was “all about efforts to arrest the judgment of the court after Ikpeazu had gone to another court to obtain a restraining injunction on ex parte.”
Ubani said the claim that the holiday was declared to mourn a deceased elder statesman and former minister of Foreign Affairs, Ojo Maduekwe, was false because he never held any political or appointive position in the state.
The Abia State government announced the holiday, which will run through the holidays declared by the federal government on Tuesday and
The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, has advised Nigerians to stop associating religion with anything negative in the country, saying no country ever survives religious war.
Speaking during a breakfast dinner organised for religious leaders, security agencies, resident communities, media practitioners, NGOs and a host of others at his palace, he also said that Muslims felt more marginalized in the country, only that they were not complaining.
“When there is a vacant position and a Hausa man is appointed, we call it ‘northernization and when a Muslim leader visits an Islamic country, we say he is trying to Islamize Nigeria, while there are many people from other religion and tribes manning other offices and we witness many Christian leaders who have visited Christian countries but nobody said they were planning to Christianize the country,” he said.
He said everything was being politicized and anything negative was being given to Muslims, Fulani (herders) and Hausa, even as there were other people committing heinous crimes elsewhere but were not linked to religion, ethnicity or region.
The monarch who said that Nigeria was a beautiful country whose masses loved one another, blamed the elite for some of the country’s challenges.
Maintaining that the elite were the major problem of the country because of their selfishness and uncompromising attitudes, he said, “Whenever one loses power, he creates problem, and the masses are always at the receiving end.”
He wondered why people blamed Fulani men for every attack, saying, “If criminals are doing bad things, they are criminals and they can be found anywhere, in any religion and tribes. Therefore don’t add religious or tribal toga to any act of terrorism.”
In his remarks, a Kaduna-based clergy, Pastor Yohana begged Muslims to forgive their Christian brothers that offended them and vice versa.
President Muhammadu Buhari in a group photograph with his classmates of the 1953 set of Katsina Middle School who visited him in Daura, Katsina State yesterday.