ABUJA â€” FOLLOWING the refusal of the Appeal Court to grant the prayers of Andy Uba yesterday, the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) inÂ the State hasdescribed the ruling as a vindication of its position to adoptÂ Professor Chukwuma Soludo as its candidate for the February 6,2010 governorship election in Anambra State.
Reacting to the judgment on phone, the National Legal Adviser ofÂ PDP, Chief Olusola Oke, who urgedÂ Uba to accept the verdict as there were still chances for him to be governor of the state in future, however praised the judiciary for finally laying the issue to rest, just as the party lamentedÂ the long time it took which it said had given roomÂ for much controversy.
The National Legal Adviser who stressed that Nigerians could only hope for more courage on the part of the judiciary, said if it had gone the other way, it would have been a monumental embarrassment and damage to the PDP and if as a party, it had failed to nominate a candidate for the election.
According to him, â€œIt sort of put us in a divided disposition. Now that the court has spoken, as far as we are concerned in the PDP, it is acceptable to us. It means we were right in what we were doing. We stand vindicated.â€
He however advised Uba not to see the Appeal Courtâ€™s decision as personal loss but he should accept it as other opportunities abound for him to serve the country if he still remains a dedicated member of the party. â€œI would ask him to accept this. He has put up a good fight but the judiciary has spoken. He is still a highly regarded member of our party.Â In all that he was doing, he was fighting for his rights and not against the PDP. Now that the judiciary has spoken, I expect him to join hands with the party to ensure that we deliver our candidate together.
â€œThere will always be opportunities. He is a highly revered person in Nigeria and there are many levels of service. If he is not going to be governor of Anambra State tomorrow, he can serve at other levels. He should not see it a personal loss because the PDP will also benefit from it,â€ he added.
Verdict on Ubaâ€™s caseâ€™ll restore peace to Anambra â€“ CNPP
CNPP National Chairman, Maxi Okwu has commended yesterdayâ€™s dismissal of Chief Andy Ubaâ€™s case by the Court of Appeal, sayingÂ â€œit is in tune with the wishes of the people of Anambra.The judgment should be appreciated by all true democrats in Nigeria in the interest of politics and peace in Anambra,â€ Okwu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos
The Court of Appeal in Enugu on yesterday dismissed the suit filed by Uba seeking his reinstatement as the duly elected governor of Anambra when the tenure of incumbent Gov. Peter Obi expires in February 2010.
Commenting on the judgment, Dr Olapade Agoro, the national chairman of the National Action Council (NAC), described the courtâ€™s verdict as â€œresponsive, wise and commendableâ€.
Agoro said: â€œThis judgment, if it had been otherwise, could have plunged Anambra and eventually Nigeria into an inferno.â€
Also reacting to the judgment, Dr Boniface Aniebonam, the National Chairman of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), said that, â€œthe case will be a reference point in the Nigerian polity.â€
Aniebonam described the judgment as part ofÂ the evolution ofÂ true democracy in the country, saying that the due process had been followed to the last.
However, Chief Okey Nwosu, the National Chairman of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) and the partyâ€™s candidate in the 2010 Anambra governorship election, urged Uba and other politicians in the state to abstain from any form of acrimony.
â€œThe judgment is what it should be and it should be accepted by all so that Anambra can move forward,â€ Nwosu said.
…Chukwumerije lauds judgment
Sen. Uche Chukwumerije (PPA-Abia) has lauded the Court of Appeal judgment on the application of Chief Andy Uba to assumeÂ office as governor of Anambra State in February 2010.
Chukwumerije told newsmen in Enugu that the Appeal Court verdict marked another landslide decision for the salvation of democracy in Nigeria.
â€œThe verdict is a re-assuring signal for the sustenance of democracy in Nigeria. If the verdict had been otherwise, the result would have been a disaster.
â€œI thank God for the verdict. I congratulate the Court of Appeal for its steadfast commitment to the judiciaryâ€™s sacred role,â€ he said.
Chukwumerije also congratulated Nigerians for their opinion before the judgment, describing it as â€œthe court of public opinionâ€.