The political crisis in Abia State seems to have taken a new dimension with the youth wing of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, alleging that Dr Uche Ogah is not from the state.
We recall that a federal high court last week found the sitting governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu culpable in his tax papers submitted before the 2015 gubernatorial election in the state and declared Ogah the governor-elect as the first runner up in the People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) primary election that produced Ikpeazu as the PDP candidate in the election.
The governor has since appealed the ruling.
In a statement issued in Abuja, and jointly signed by Mazi Obinna Achuonye, the national vice chairman of the body in Imo State, Dr. Kingsley Chiedozie, the deputy national treasurer of the body and Bar Chika Nzelu, a stakeholder in the organisation, the youths declared that “Ogah is fronting for some elements who are opposed to Igbo political integrity and vowed to checkmate his antics.
The group in particular alleged that “Ogah, who is not even from Abia State has an agenda to implant the views and antics of the oligarchy in Igbo land and Abia State.
They also condemned in bitter terms, what they described as the “recent opprobrious ruling by an Abuja Federal High court presided by Justice Okon Abang”, asking the National Judicial Council (NJC) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate Justice Abang with a view to sanctioning him if found guilty.
The youth also slammed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for “giving the Certificate of Return to Dr Ogar” and accused the body of compromise.
They, however, commended the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami for “declaring that the case should be carried through the Appeal Court and if possible, the Supreme Court.”