" /> Supreme Court victory: Ikpeazu vows to move Abia forward | Hallmarknews
Published On: Mon, May 15th, 2017

Supreme Court victory: Ikpeazu vows to move Abia forward

…his victory an act of God, Senator T.A Orji

By PETER OKORE (Umuahia) and Obinna Ezugwu

Following his victory over Mr. Uche Ogah at the Supreme Court on Friday, the Abia State governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has called on all Abians, including his opponents to join hands with him in order to move the state forward. Ikpeazu who dedicated his victory to both his party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), and the good people of Abia State, said he had forgiven all those who were bent on distracting him and wants them to join hands with him since according to him, the time for politics had ended.

“The time for politics is long over, and I have forgiven all those who were bent on distracting me,” he said in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Enyinnaya Apollos.

“Let all well- meaning Abians, including my opponents, come and join us to grow and develop our state as we  all have stakes in the growth and development of our state and people.

He noted that there were a lot of work to be done in the state, and in the end, history will judge by the amount of work they were able to do, not the amount of politics they played.


“Today, there is work to do in Abia and history will judge us by how much of that work we do; not by how much politics we play. My doors are open to all and I am ready to receive suggestions on how we can best deliver greater dividends to those who really matter.”

Also reacting, Mr. Oga in a statement through the spokesman of his Campaign Organization, Chief Joshua N.Ogbonna stated that the Supreme Court ruling of last Friday had set aside  the  judgment of Justice Okon Abang, arguing that if the ruling was to hold, it meant  the mode of paying tax by Nigerians  should be re-visited and another Law enacted.

The All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and its candidate, Dr Alex Otti had also been joined in the case at the Supreme Court after losing out to the governor in an earlier judgment by the same court, the party described Ikpeazu victory, Friday, as a ridicule to the judiciary.

Its chairman in the party in the state, Rev. Augustine Ehiemere who spoke to our correspondent, said the Supreme Court ruling was a murder of justice and ridicule to the judiciary. He queried that  such a ruling puts a question mark as to the way and manner  Nigerians should pay tax, claiming that by PDP-members starting  their  celebrations in advance  meant  that the judgment had been written for them, saying there is no trust  in the judiciary.

Meanwhile, the immediate past governor of the state, and senator representing Abia Central Senatorial District, Chief Theodore Orji has described Ikpeazu’s victory as divine verdict, while praising the judiciary for contributing to the growth of democracy in the country.

“Of course, it is a divine verdict,” he said in a chat with Business Hallmark. “It is God’s verdict.”

Speaking further in a congratulatory message to the governor signed by his Media Adviser, Don Norman Obinna, he urged Ikpeazu to be magnanimous in victory, not minding the agonizing campaign of calumny he suffered from the oppositions.


Orji said those who seek redress in court of law in a perceived “injustice” did nothing wrong as it is their inalienable right to do so, noting that said there was neither victor nor vanquish in this contest as it was a victory for Ikpeazu is victory for all Abia State indigenes.

He enjoined the oppositions and other aggrieved members of the Peoples Democratic Party to take the judgment of the Supreme Court in good faith and support Ikpeazu in his toil to take Abia State to her next level of development

Several others who commented on  last Friday’s  Supreme Court judgment on the Abia governorship seat were unanimous that the matter has ended  joyfully and Governor Ikpeazu given the chance to prove his mantle. While some described the victory of Ikpeazu as victory for justice and equity, others are of the opinion that the Electoral body should ensure that all litigations entered into after elections, be completed before successful candidates assume office to avoid distractions and wastage of funds

Yet others expressed total lack of interest as according to them, the governor had not done well enough to warrant a celebration of his victory. “I don’t care about his victory, he has been owing my mother’s salaries for months,” said Tochi Aguh.

Another commentator, Okezie Donald said: “Ikpeazu is the Okorocha of Abia State; he went from one who promotes Aba shoes to one who wants to bring the Chinese to run Aba shoes makers out of business.”

In his own comment, Fred Chukwuma advised him to seize the moment and work for Abia people as he will lose out if he fails. “The time for political propaganda is over, Ikpeazu should sit up and work, ” he said.

“He should pay workers salaries and strive to win the hearts of Abians, especially Aba people because 2019 will be fiercely contested and PDP is no longer at the centre to help him.”








Leave a comment

XHTML: You can use these html tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

Recent posts

  • Time is ripe for rates cut, says Rewane as inflation slows further in Oct.

    FELIX OLOYEDE This is the appropriate time for the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to cut benchmark monetary rates after inflation rate slows down for the ninth consecutive time in October, said Mr Bismarck Rewane, Managing Director, Financial Derivatives. The National Bureau of Statistics on Tuesday released Consumer Price […]

  • ELAN National Lease Conference Focuses on Revamping Nigerian Economy

    FELIX OLOYEDE In furtherance of its objective of promoting the business of leasing in Nigeria, Equipment Leasing Association of Nigeria (ELAN) has concluded plans to organise the 15th Annual National Lease Conference with focus on revamping the Nigerian economy. The conference which is the biggest gathering of stakeholders in the leasing industry is expected to […]

  • Nigeria-centric restaurant, Labule, opens new outlet in Lagos

    Labule, Nigeria-centric restaurant, operated by an indigenous company, Roots Foods Limited, offering real Nigerian local delicacies in a unique environment that combines the setting of a modern quick service restaurant with that of an African setting of a local ‘buka’, has opened a new outlet on Admiralty Road in Lekki Phase 1, Lagos. The brand […]

  • Nigerian banks shine in Ghana

    By JOHNMARK UKOKO Nigerian banks have been credited with “revolutionizing “the banking sector in Ghana, due to the many innovations they brought to Ghana’s banking sector. The Ghana Deputy Minister of Trade and Investment Hon. Carlos Kingsley Ahenkorah said in Lagos that the innovation and transformation of the Ghana’s banking sector is credited to the […]

  • Ajimobi moves to save Oyo APC from disintegration

    By OLUSESAN LAOYE The seeming crisis in Oyo APC has now forced the Governor of the state, Abiola Ajimobi, to begin consultations with stakeholders to convinced members on why they must come together as a body to face the 2019 general elections, Although the internal crisis is yet to break open as the aggrieved party […]

  • YolaDisCo sale stalled as no potential buyers emerge

    By ADEBAYO OBAJEMU Two years after the core investors of the Yola Electricity Distribution Company, YolaDisCo, declared a force majeure owing to their inability to operate under the reign of terror unleased by Boko Haram, the Federal Government is yet to find any investor interested in operating the utility company, it has been learnt. In […]

  • Company Analysis: Much Ado about Seplat

      By TESLIM SHITA-BEY The oil and gas sector has had a bumpy since the beginning of 2017 with local oil major, Seplat, seeing its financials whipped raw by prior year liabilities despite rising revenues over the nine months (9M). The company in the last two years has moved from being distinctively bad to singularly […]

  • How to start a photography business

    By ZUBAIR DANIE While photography could be accounted for as a full blown course in any offering institution of learning for professionalism, the field equally provides a platform for individuals whose passion it is to project images as a form of livelihood. The socio-cultural aspect of Nigerians that play host of events like: wedding, naming, […]

  • BOFE to celebrate unsung heroes in local communities

    OluwasolaJesuseitan, a brand and advertising expert, is an advocate of sustainable brand communications. He is also the founder, Business Owners Forum Enterprise (BOFE), a non-profit making organization, which seeks to build the capacity of business owners in and around Akute, Ogun State. He tells FELIX OLOYEDE in this interview of his organization is promoting business […]

  • Lager wars: Who wins?

    By JOHNMARK UKOKO Nigeria has many lager beer producing companies, some have been in existence for over 50 years while others are quite new in existence in the country. Some of these companies that have over the years churned out millions, if not billions of bottles of beer to Nigerian drinkers are: Nigeria Breweries Plc, […]

  • Nestle sparkles in Q3 results

    By OKEY ONYENWEAKU As the packaged Consumer goods (PCG) sector struggles to stay ahead of falling consumer demand, companies such as Nestle Nigeria plc are bucking the trend of businesses with shrinking bottom lines. Indeed the multi-product packaged goods producer has seen earnings rise to mind boggling with its pre-tax profit rising by a stunning […]

  • 2018 Budget proposals renew old anxieties

          FELIX OLOYEDE   Mixed reactions trailed the presentation of the 2018 federal government budget by President Muhammadu Buhari to the National Assembly (NASS) last week. Public policy analysts have expressed moods from the congenially positive to the outright incredulous. The staggering N8.6 trillion expenditure plan is one of the most audacious in […]

  • Anambra 2017: Obiano battles for life

    By Obinna Ezugwu The time has finally arrived. On Saturday the people of Anambra State will head to the polls to either renew the mandate of the incumbent state governor, Chief Willie Obiano who is running for a second term in office, or elect fresh hands from among other prominent contenders, including Mr. Oseloka Obaze […]

  • (Editorial) CBN’s BVN distraction and matters arising

    Nigeria’s fiscal and monetary authorities have a frustrating way of responding to the seizure of private assets; they typically gloat with glazed eyes over private citizen’s money ready to pounce on the cash like a pack of hyenas starved witless. The recent order by the Central Bank of Nigeria that customer accounts that are not […]

  • 12 Yoga tips for beginners

    The popularity of yoga has soared in the last decades, and it seems that every other friend and acquaintance of ours is already practicing it. But don’t let it fool you into thinking it is easy: yoga is quite challenging, especially for beginners. The good news is that there are some practical tips to make […]

  • Finally, embattled IGP, Ibrahim Idris, appears before Senate

    The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has arrived before the Senate ad hoc committee set up to investigate the allegations and counter-allegations between him and Senator Isa Misau. The IGP was accompanied by his lawyer, Alex Iziyon (SAN) and Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang.   Details […]

Visit us on Google+