Abia Youths Sue for Peace over Governorship Tussle


Akinwale Akintunde

Youths from Abia State resident in Lagos have urged all parties, politicians, royal fathers, community leaders, religious bodies and all other stakeholders in Abia State to be peaceful and remain calm pending the decision of courts on the disputed governorship tussle in the state.

The youths, under the aegis of Abia State Town Union Association National Youth Wing made the call yesterday in a communique issued at the end of its meeting held in Lagos.

The communique was jointly signed by its president, Mr. Ikenna James, secretary, Joel Okorie, Legal Adviser, James Nwabuche and representatives of the three senatorial district in the state, comprising Dr. Chukwuemeka Nwogu of Abia Central, Mr. Nathaniel Umunna Abel of Abia South and Godwin Ukariwe Ajike of Abia North.

The socio-cultural group expressed it confidence in the judiciary and appealed to the third arm of the government as the last hope of the common man to expedite action on the state governorship to avoid complete break down of law and order in the state.

“We have no other state to call ours other than Abia, we are urging all parties and stakeholders in the state to embrace peace by respect the decisions of courts in this matter.

“We have absolute confidence in the judiciary of this country, we therefore appeal to the judiciary to accelerate action on the Abia State governorship tussle to avoid anarchy,” the group stated.
Also, a political group, Abia Good Governance Advocacy Project, has expressed its support for Dr. Uche Ogah, saying it is confident Ogah would bring positive change to the state if given a chance.

The group in a statement signed by its coordinator, Dr. Chukwuemeka Nwogu, also called on Abia State Chief Judge, Justice Theresa Uzokwe, to immediately swear in Ogah as governor of the state since there is no stay of execution order up till now.

According to the group, as stakeholders in the state, they have watched with keen interest , the state of affairs in the state since Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu assumed office as governor over a year ago, saying there has not been any meaningful development in the state.

The group said even though Ikpeazu has good intentions to develop the state, he would not be able to because of his godfathers who planted him there to cover there looting track in the state.
The group further said it believed that Ogah’s victory at the Federal High Court was an act of God designed to bring relief and succour to Abia people from tyranny, maladministration and mismanagement of public wealth since the return of democracy.

“The Federal High Court decision ordering the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue Ogah certificate of return as the governor-elect is a triumph of good over evil,” the group stated.