April 21, 2010

Abia guber polls: Ugochukwu hopeful of Court verdict

By Anayo Okoli

Umuahia—Chief Onyema Ugochukwu, Abia State Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, party’s flag  bearer in the 2007 governorship election, has said that he is hopeful of getting justice in his long legal battle against the declaration of Chief Theodore Orji as the Governor of the state.

Ugochukwu is currently before the Court of Appeal, Owerri,  where he is contesting the decision of the Port Harcourt Division of the same court, which declared that Orji won the 2007 election in the state.

Ugochukwu is said to be challenging alleged fraud against the Justices of the Court of Appeal, who sat on the matter at Port Harcourt.

Ugochukwu  won at the lower tribunal in Umuahia, but the Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt, upturned decision of the lower tribunal and upheld the election of Chief Orji.

Addressing the leadership of the state PDP led by the Chairman, Chief Ndidi Okereke, who visited him in the course of their sensitization tour of Umuahia North Local Government Area, Ugochukwu said that he was determined to carry the struggle to enthrone good governance in Abia to its logical conclusion.

He commended the state party executive for embarking on the sensitization tour of all the local governments’ chapters of PDP, saying that it would further rekindle the consciousness of the members and prepare them for the 2011 general elections.

On 2011 polls and his role, Ugochukwu said it was early to discuss that because he is still in court contesting the previous election.