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Imo 2007: Agbasa cautioned over media propaganda

OWERRI — As Imo  State indigenes anxiously await the ruling on the 2007 governorship election in the state, the candidate of  the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in the April 14 and  rescheduled 28, 2007, elections, Chief Martin Agbaso, has been told to put his propaganda machinery in check and allow the court to do its job.

Mr. Chidi Okwara, a concerned Imo State indigene, who sounded the note of warning, expressed dismay and disappointment at what he described as a media hype, misinformation and disinformation concerning the pending appeal against INEC and Governor Ikedi Ohakim by the Agbaso group.

Okwara, in a statement released in Lagos, said Agbaso’s action amounted to terrorism.

“He took his case to court. He should allow the court to do its job. But what we have witnessed in the last few weeks is that all manners of hack writers, spin doctors and charge and bail lawyers have been engaging in media trials to befuddle the issues involved.

“The impression being created is that Agbaso does not believe in the veracity and weight of his submissions and, therefore, feels he should resort to media terrorism. This is rather unfortunate,” Okwara said.

He said on Thursday 12 November 2009, the Court of Appeal, Abuja, listened to the final arguments by counsel to the four major parties in the protracted case over the aborted 14 April 2007 governorship election in Imo State and reserved ruling indefinitely.


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