Sunday, 23 August 2015

GOV. UGWUANYI DEFEATS OKEY EZEA AT THE ELECTION PETITION TRIBUNAL

Rt. Hon. Chief Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Governor, Enugu State
Wow!!! This is good news to the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), cabinet and supporters of the governor of Enugu State, Rt. Hon. Chief Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi. The best-selling and most sought after online business and political news and articles publishers, Tectono Business Review gathered that the governorship election petition tribunal presided over by Justice Kwajafa Hildad had struck out the petition filed by the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Barrister Okey Ezea against Chief Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, saying it was frivolous, lacked merit and against court processes. It equally awarded the cost one hundred and fifty thousand Naira against Barrister Ezea.

We gathered that after the tribunal struck out the petition, Governor Ugwuanyi drove round the major streets of Enugu in company of his cabinet members. He attributed the victory to the people of the state and thanked God for the success.

In Governor Ugwuanyi’s own words: “The mandate given to us is for service and we shall continue to render the best service to the people irrespective of political leanings. God has blessed Enugu and soon the people will begin to reap the benefits of this administration.”

The Governorship candidate of the APC in the state, Barrister Okey Ezea, spoke to journalists after the court ruling. According to him, he will appeal that election tribunal ruling. He stated that it would amount to futility for anybody to start celebrating the ruling, adding that he never expected any favourable ruling from the tribunal as it was compromised from the beginning.

In his own words: “We had written a petition to the Chief of Justice of Nigeria as well as the National Judicial Council (NJC) against the Enugu governorship election tribunal. There is no way we were expecting verdict in our favour. But we are not deterred. In 2007, Peter Obi lost at the Federal High Court, lost at Court of Appeal and won at Supreme court, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi lost at the Federal High Court, lost at the Court of Appeal and won in the Supreme Court. Nobody is afraid of judiciary and I feel very free to state my position on anything.”

According to Enugu State APC chairman, Dr. Ben Nwoye, the decision of the tribunal is a rape of justice. He stressed that he was not convinced that it did a thorough job.