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Uneasy calm as court rules on Uba’s case today

AWKA—AS the Court of Appeal in Enugu prepares to deliver the much-awaited judgment in the case brought by former presidential aide, Dr. Andy Uba, praying that he be declared governor-in-waiting, there was calm in Anambra State yesterday unlike last week when his supporters expressed  optimism that the matter would go in his favour.

Some people who spoke to Vanguard  yesterday said they have adopted a wait-and-see attitude over the matter, adding that the outcome would be a test case to the  constitution.

State Chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Mr.  Akunwata Kwentoh, said the party was optimistic that Uba’s efforts to convince the court to declare him governor-in-waiting would be an exercise in futility.

According to him, despite what he called the jigsaw puzzle which Uba’s lawyers were weaving around the suit, common sense showed that the judgment of the Supreme Court of June 2007 on Governor Peter Obi’s tenure had foreclosed his ambition of  becoming the governor of the state on the basis of the April 2007 polls.

He said as in previous suits, the one to be delivered today would also fail.

Adding that APGA was absolutely confident that the Nigerian judiciary would not allow itself to be ridiculed by the antics of anti- democratic elements in Nigeria.

He also defended Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu’s stand on the matter, insisting that Ojukwu was not talking about physical bloody civil war, but was speaking in figurative terms..

According to him, the statement by Ojukwu was being misconstrued in some quarters, adding that APGA, which Ojukwu is the chairman of its Board of Trustee, has absolute confidence in the Nigerian judiciary.

“Dim Ojukwu is a patriotic Nigerian citizen who is uncompromising on questions of justice, equity and fair play. It was actually Ojukwu’s ardent and principled belief in these ideals that forced him and Ndigbo into the Nigerian Civil War 42 years ago.

“Ojukwu’s statement, indeed, representatives the opinions of millions of voiceless Nigerians who do not want anti democratic elements to ridicule the nation’s judiciary because with Andy Uba’s obvious desperation, he is capable of doing everything, including compromising some judges in the Appeal Court in order to accomplish his vaulting ambition,” Kwentoh said.

Also speaking on today’s Court of Appeal judgment, chairman of Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP), Chief Maxi Okwu said everybosy has his fingers crossed over the matter.

Speaking with Vanguard in Awka, Okwu said though the case appeared a straightforward one, anything is possible in Nigeria and hoped that the judiciary should help to safeguard the country’s constitution.


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