The Progressive Peoplesâ€™ Alliance (PPA) has denied joining a suit by the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Martin Agbaso, against the election of Chief Ikedi Ohakim as the Governor of Imo State.
PPA in statement by Chief Ben Onyechere, National Publicity Secretary, said â€˜the attempt to join Agbasoâ€™s suit by one of PPAâ€™s lawyers was done to lend more credence to our bid to retrieve our mandate from Ohakim which cannot be joined with any other party.
â€œThe PPA couldnâ€™t have goneÂ to court to joinÂ Agbaso because the mandate in question belongs to PPA as adjudged by the juries of the election tribunal and Appeal Court which categorically stated that PPA won the governorship election in Imo stateÂ and not Ohakim or Agbaso, for which reason the party took the matter to the Abuja High Court in order to retrieve its mandate from Ohakim who defected to the PDP with the PPA mandate.
â€œIt is obvious that there is more credibility in PPAâ€™s suit than any other, therefore doing otherwise such as joining Agbaso would have been detrimental. We would rather discourage Agbaso because he is coming after PPAâ€™s mandate.”
â€œThe potency in the PPA suit is the reason Ohakim is targeting an expedited Court action against PPA in a suit in the Owerri High Court where he claimed that he was expelled by the Party for which reason he absconded with the partyâ€™s mandate.
â€œThere is no escape route this time around in the suit against him at an Abuja High Court meant to retrieve the PPA mandate from him.â€