Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
One of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) aspirants for the 2015 governorship election in Abia state, Mr. Friday Nwosu, has dismissed the legal challenge initiated by Dr Uche Ogah seeking to replace the state governor, Okezie Ikpeazu.
He said the duo were not qualified to be governor.
Nwosu said that contrary to claims by Ogah that he is the rightful replacement to the embattled governor of Abia state, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, he is actually the person that came second in the December 18, 2014 PDP’s governorship primaries.
Nwosu also claimed that he was the first to blow the whistle over the Abia governor’s alleged tax evasion, adding that while Ikpeazu contested with questionable tax papers, Ogah participated in the primary election but withdrew midway, alleging irregularities, a development which, he said, made him as the only qualified candidate of the party and so, should be declared winner.
He said that had since instituted legal suits, one of which is seeking disqualification of Governor Ikpeazu and the other asking that Ogah, who was ordered by the Federal High Court in Abuja to be given Certificate of Return by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, be either made governor or recognized as candidate of the party given that he withdrew from the contest, alleging irregularities.
But he alleged that some powerful forces from the state who know the strength and merit of his case in courts were working to frustrate him by ensuring his cases were not treated.
Addressing journalists in Abuja at the weekend, the legal practitioner frowned at what he called “expeditious treatment” of Ogah’s case against Governor Ikpeazu, leaving his case which he said, was instituted before that of Ogah.
He called on the President of the Appeal Court to immediately constitute an appeal panel to hear his appeal case.
Nwosu said : “What happened was that on the 8th day of December, 2014,at Umuahia Central Stadium in Abia State, the PDP conducted it’s governorship primary election. And a lot of people took different views of that election”.