Abia tra­di­tional rulers, el­ders split over Ik­peazu, Ogah

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Li­nus Ef­fiong, Umuahia

In Abia State, tra­di­tional rulers, prime min­is­ters and lead­ers are sharply di­vided over who should be the gov­er­nor be­tween Dr Okezie Ik­peazu and Dr Uchechukwu Ogah.

While some, among the lead­ers, called for the swear­ing-in of Ogah, who was last week de­clared as gov­er­nor by the Fed­eral High Court sit­ting in Abuja af­ter it sacked Ik­peazu for al­legedly forg­ing his tax doc­u­ments, oth­ers stood by Ik­peazu.

Read­ing a nine-point com­mu­niqué at the end of their meet­ing in Umuahia, yes­ter­day, the leader of a group and tra­di­tional Prime Min­is­ter of Ibeku King­dom, Chief Uche Ak­wuk­waegbu, said that Ogah should be sworn-in.

He said that no amount of in­tim­i­da­tion would make the ‘gov­er­nor-elect’ to de­nounce his man­date.

Ak­wuk­waegbu said: “This fo­rum frowns at the neg­a­tive re­ac­tions of some re­ac­tionary forces that see the court and INECs de­ci­sion as hasty. They’re peo­ple who are used to dis­obey­ing court or­ders which Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari’s ad­min­is­tra­tion is fight­ing hard to change.

“This fo­rum views the at­ti­tude and re­ac­tion of the Adol­phus Wabara-led Abia Con­cerned El­ders as peo­ple who are yet to queue into Buhari change mantra.

But an­other group, un­der the aus­pices of Abia El­ders and Tra­di­tional Rulers, which also held a meet­ing at the Asokoro home of Prince Vin­cent Og­bu­lafo, in Abuja, yes­ter­day, com­mended the At­tor­ney-Gen­eral of the Fed­er­a­tion and Min­is­ter of Jus­tice, Abubakar Malami, for his quick and timely in­ter­ven­tion, say­ing that re­duced ten­sion in the state.

In their com­mu­niqué read by Chief Onyema Ugochukwu, the group de­scribed the is­suance of Cer­tifi­cate of Re­turn to Ogah by the INEC as per­verse and reck­less.

The el­ders, who de­clared their sup­port for Ik­peazu, ap­pealed to Abians and ev­ery in­ter­est group in the tus­sle for lead­er­ship of the state to re­main calm for the good of the state.

All serv­ing se­na­tors from Abia State, Theodore Orji (Abia Cen­tral), Mao Ohuabunwa (Abia North) and Enyi Abaribe (Abia South) at­tended the meet­ing.

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