OrderPaperToday–   Senator Theodore Orji representing Abia Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly has expressed anxiety over the Appeal Court judgment that nullified the election of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State.

Sen. Orji said if the judgement is upheld, equity and fairness in Abia politics would be eroded since the governorship position had been zoned to Abia South.

In a parley with journalists over the weekend in Umuahia, Senator Orji, said the Appeal Court judgment in the state governorship election has “turned democracy upside down” by refusing to take into consideration the wishes of Abians made evident in their votes.

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According to him, democratic dictates require that every vote count but they really did not end up mattering for the Justices of the appeal panel, since they cancelled governorship poll results from Obingwa, Osisioma and Isiala Ngwa North local governments.

He said:“There is no justice in that judgment,” adding that what the misleading message the Appeal Court judgment conveyed was that neither Ikpeazu nor his family members or kinsmen even voted for him.

Orji, who said he ensured that the Ukwa/Ngwa political bloc was given a chance to produce a governor since the creation of the state, insisted that it was a unanimous decision taken in the interest of peace, harmony, equity and fairness.

Senator Orji said that Abia State has been thrown into political uncertainty because “we have a lot of desperate people who want to be governor by all means even at the expense of sacrificing the peace and harmony in the state for their selfish ambitions.”

He advised certain state elders to cease making unguarded statements capable of increasing tension in the already charged political situation, since they should be stimulating peace instead of taking sides and making inflammatory comments.



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