By Henry Umoru & Joseph Erunke
ABUJA—SENATOR Mao Ohuabunwa, representing Abia North Senatorial District, has accused ex-Governor Orji Uzor-Kalu of working to manipulate Appeal Court judges to deliver judgement on Abia North Senatorial district election case pending before it in his favour.
He raised the alarm that the former governor and candidate of the Progressives Peoples Congress, PPA, who was his major contender at the election that he emerged victorious, had stepped up efforts aimed at manipulating the decision of the Court of Appeal.
Senator Ohuabunwa, briefing journalists, on Wednesday, in Abuja, alleged that his major contender in the poll has been bragging about buying up some justices of the Court of Appeal.
Ohuabunwa who also raised a point of Order on the matter on the floor of the Senate, threatened that he would petition all relevant government agencies if the said justices, he could not mention, were part of the panel.
He stressed that he was confident in the judiciary and in the uprightness of judges but cautioned that the bad ones are now used to mar the image of the Judiciary.
Mao said: “It is important for me to say that even in the midst in the perception relating to the morality of the judges, I can stand here to testify to the fact that I still see that there are men of goodwill.
“But I stand here to caution because my opponent has gone around boasting that what happened in the Appeal Court was a child’s play where we were asked to go for a rerun.
“He has said that this time around, he has the Appeal Court in his pocket and he is gone about searching and shopping for judges whom he believed would be in the Appeal Court team. Knowing his antecedent and pedigree, knowing his capacity and propensity for mischief, I felt that I should bring this to the knowledge of the world.
“He has been going around bragging and boasting and definitely he has the appeal court in his hand and that this time around, he will win.”
The senator also used the opportunity to thank God for his victory in the election and his victory at the tribunal.
He pledged to continue to represent his people in the Senate stressing that he was being unduly distracted by needless litigations.
He further stressed that he would take the matter to the Nigeria Judicial Council, NJC, and other relevant agencies of any of the said justices appear on the panel for the appeal.