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Civil society organisations under the aegis of Civil Society Alliance for Good Governance has criticized the judgment of the Appeal Court which upturned the election of governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State.

The group in a press conference said the decision, which resulted from the cancellation of results in three local government areas of Obingwa, Isialangwa North and Osisioma Ngwa amounts to disenfranchisement of the masses.

In its statement endorsed by the coordinator and Secretary, Emmanuel Usoro and Okechukwu Victor Ogbonna respectively, the group expressed optimism that the Supreme Court will restore ‘the inalienable right’ denied the people by the judgment. 

They argued that the voting strength of the three cancelled local government areas would substantially affect the result of the entire election.

“If the number of votes awarded to the two candidates by the Appeal Court, which is 279,776, and the number of registered voters in the three local governments is 259,222, then there is no way the result of the election in the three local government areas will not affect the result of the entire election substantially. 

“Going by the above facts, it stands to reason that the Appeal Court judgment disenfranchising this large number of voters is very unfair, grossly perverse and ought not to be allowed to stand”, they stated. 

The group submitted that the judgment even denied the declared winner right to vote for himself, arguing that there is no law that says an entire local government election should be cancelled on account of over-voting, insisting that over-voting did not and cannot occur in 458 polling units in the three local government areas. 


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  • Mazi JO

    Now , who are the dis-enfranchisers of those local LGAs? INEC, the fast-tracking locals who over voted negligent of the registration stipulations or the Court of Appeal who ruled on the anomaly? We are talking of all our rights folks. People must be made to know the implications of their actions to the system. Does it occur to these busy political bodies that Gov. Ikpeazu could have won the election on straight ballot, contention free, if their overzealous machinations to guarantee victory have not wrecked the election procedures. The sad aspect to this story is that the man rolled up his sleeves and engaged the rot heaped by his predecessors and like in a flash, the exuberance is going to be snuffed out now by a few in undeserving mistakes. And in all, the Abia people are wallowing in delayed justifiable governance. Let’s wait for the Supreme Court to deliver the supreme call on this one. God have mercy on the people of Abia State.