ByÂ Vincent UJUMADU
AS Chief Alphonsus Igbeke gets set to be sworn in next week as the senator representing Anambra North Senatorial zone in place of Senator Joy Emordi who has been representing the zone since 2007, the people of the area are insisting that there is need for the judicial process on the matter to be exhausted before the Senate takes final decision on the issue.
Rising from a meeting in Onitsha stakeholders in the zone under the auspices of Anambra North Consultative Forum, said that swearing in Igbeke would still leave the matter hanging, adding that the Inspector General of Police should investigate allegations of forgery of election results that were used in prosecuting the matter at the Court of Appeal.
Their spokesman, a former president of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Chief Ralph Igwa, noted that Senator Emordi has filed a motion for stay of execution and advised that it should not be dismissed with the wave of the hand.
â€œWe want to make it clear that Senator Emordi is not desperate about this matter, but we want the judicial processes to come to an end before any other thing. There is no need to shut Senator Emordi out, especially when there are two returns and two conflicting judgments. This is not the first time such a case came up and it should not be seen as if the rules were made for Emordi.â€
â€œThe two people involved (Senator Emordi and Chief Igbeke) are respectable persons from Anambra North but our concern here is that justice must be seen to have been done. If at the end of the day, the law says it is Igbeke that won, we will not challenge it, despite the fact that Emordi has represented the zone effectively in the Senate.
â€œWhat we trying to stop in this state is the dangerous trend whereby we celebrate the so_called godfathers that have caused so much trouble in the state. It is time for us to stop eulogizing evil in Anambra State ,â€ Igwa said.