Christopher Isiguzo in Enugu and Emmanuel Ugwu in Umuahia
As the battle for the Abia government house rages in thecourts a group of clerics have taken to the spiritual realm seeking divine intervention “to sustain the victory” that Dr Sampson Ogah won at a federal high court Abuja.
Justice Okon Abang had on June 27 nullified the election of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu and awarded victory to Ogah, who was consequently issued with certificate of return by the Independent National ElectoralCommission (INEC).
At a prayer programme tagged ‘Abia clergy prays for Ogah,governor-elect’ hundreds of ministers of God under the aegis of Abia Ministers Prayer Network gathered at the Jesus Disciples Assembly, Umuahia where they prayed fervently for over four hours asking God to crown Ogah’s quest to become Abia governor.
The clerics drawn from different denominations across the 17 local governments of Abia were united in their prayers of thanksgiving to God “for giving us a man after our hearts” and for divine protection of “a manappointed on destiny for this season”.
They also prayed for the peace and stability of Abia stateand for the sustenance of victory for Ogah, whom they were corrected to refer to as “governor-designate” and not governor-elect as people have been saying.
“We are here to command manifestations of what God hasalready done in making Uche Ogah governor elect,” said Bishop Ossai Ogori, who was among the ministers that led the prayers.
Speaking with newsmen after the prayer event, the spokesmanof the Abia Minister Prayer Network, Apostle Praise Odinaka of Power Word Assembly, said that the members of his group were inspired to pray for Ogah’ssuccess in the governorship tussle.
“We are men of God and this is the man we have the burden;we have the inspiration that it is only through him (Ogah) that Abia state willbe better,” he said.
He explained that the minister of God drawn from various denominationsvolunteered to be part of the prayer network out of their own volition based on their conviction that the hand of God was with Ogah.