Abia Rep Ogah heads to appeal court over invalidation of election
House of Representatives member, Mr Amobi Ogah says he would head to the Court of Appeal over the decision by the election petition tribunal to invalidate his election.
The Labour Party (LP) lawmaker representing Isiukwato, Umunneochi federal constituency of Abia State argued that the tribunal verdict was tantamount to a travesty of justice.
The tribunal had ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to withdraw the certificate of return given to Ogah and issue same to the Petitioner, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, now a serving minister in President Bola Ahmed Tinubu cabinet.
Ogah who called on his constituents to remain calm and law-abiding as he would surely reclaim his mandate justified why he is apposed to the tribunal verdict thus: “My opponent, whom I know, did not win the election and the judge cannot announce a result presented by the petitioner as concrete against the result presented by INEC.
“With the benefit of hindsight, this bizarre outcome is not totally strange as we had seen tendencies of clear compromise by the panel who discarded all known principles governing election adjudication and enunciated their own principles.
“Indeed, manifestation of it was writ large at the adoption of final addresses wherein the current Attorney General of of the Federation- Lateef Fagbemi SAN made comments suggesting underhand dealings with the Chairman of the Panel.
“For the records, I scored a total of 11,769 votes against my Opponent whom the commission said scored a total of 8,752 votes. It is very bizarre that despite calling a lone witness and dumping several strange result sheets before the Tribunal, the members of the panel cognized same and disregarded original copies of the result sheets produced from proper custody.
“Let me be clear that I am rejecting the tribunal’s ruling and will appeal the obvious miscarriage of justice, fairness and objectivity.
“Just to let the public know that the constituency I represent in the House of Representatives is fully on ground to cater for her people and no amount of distraction will make me lose focus to delivering promises made to my people .
“The will and wish of the people that came out en mass to vote me in is not in doubt, hence my prompting to challenge the judgement.
“One wonders why a minister already serving after a woeful defeat at the Feb, 25th National Assembly poll could still be making frantic efforts to unseat the popular wish of the people in the electoral victory of labor party and it’s candidate.
“I am however confident that her desperation and mischievous attempt to scuttle the will of the people would be upturned by the justices of the appellate Court.”
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