By Victor Arjiromanus
The factional Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Enugu State, Deacon Okey Ogbodo, yesterday, said the Court of Appeal judgment, which approved Senator Ayogu Eze as the state gubernatorial candidate of the party amounted to travesty of justice. He stated that it was a “clear miscarriage of justice”.
Ogbodo insisted that George Tagbo Ogara was Enugu State candidate of the APC, having come through a rigorous and clearly process by the party faithful in a lawfully constituted primary election.
According to him, the party had absolute faith in the judiciary as the last hope of the common man, but said the process that led to the judgment left much to be desired. “First, Ayogu Eze’s appeal was argued in the open court on Monday, March 5, 2019, after which the presiding Judge announced to the parties present in court that judgment of the court would come “after the gubernatorial election.” As conventional with appellate courts, no specific date was given as parties awaited new hearing (judgment) date after the election coming on March 9, 2019″, he said.
“Alas! Our gubernatorial candidate, Barrister George Ogara, informed me late last night to the effect that he had received a new hearing notice for today via a text message. Our lead counsel and his entire team had all dispersed as it were, to their various places of practice upon Monday’s adjournment. So, we ask: an appellate court that had adjourned to sometime after next Saturday’s elections suddenly found the resources to deliver the judgment less than 48 hours after, what happened?
“Adjourning a matter till after March 9, 2019 and delivering judgment less than 48 hours after amounts to stealing a match! What had changed so suddenly to warrant the emergency? We can ask questions till no end and get no satisfactory answers, but our confidence in the judiciary of this country cannot be changed or shaken by what had happened at the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja between Monday and today?.
“Thankfully, there is a court above, the Supreme Court, which we have no doubt shall do proper justice to this matter and restore our candidate as the flag-bearer of APC in Enugu State, however long it takes. As it would seem, the agents of darkness are not yet through with the Enugu State APC, but as a practicing Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I am persuaded that, in the end, the truth shall prevail.”