By Joseph Erunke
ABUJA – A pan Igbo group, Ndigbo Bu-Otu Union, Sunday, kicked against last Thursday’s Appeal Court judgement, nullifying the July 6 judgement of the Federal High Court, Abuja, which sacked Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, from office over tax evasion and ordered that Mr Uche Ogah, who came second in the 2014 governorship primary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, be sworn in.
This is even as the group commended Mr Uche Ogah for what it described as his matured conduct and ability to prevail on his followers against resorting to violence following judgement of the appellate court. .
National President of the organisation, Mazi Igwekala Leo Ugomaduefule, addressing journalists, in Abuja, at the weekend, said the body rejected the judgement, having studied the grounds adduced by the court in reaching the decision.
He accused the judge of being inconsistent in her judgement, saying his group found fault and had prepared petition against her.
” A situation where the judge admitted that the serial number of the tax receipts brought by Governor Ikpeazu were not consistent and that one of the dates on the tax receipts fell on a Saturday but went on to say that it was not the duty of the man who the tax receipts were given to verify, is bad, “he said.
He said his organisation had already prepared a petition that would be submitted to the National Judicial Council, NJC, against the judge of the Appeal Court, Abuja, who sat on the case, saying the body was not convinced of reasons adduced by the judge.
“I must put it point-blank that the judge was biased and very soon, the judge must tell Nigerians what made her to take the decision or tow the line of action she took.
”My group has evidence against her here and we intend to forward it to the National Judicial Council, NJC, very soon to properly investigate the judgement delivered by the judge, he disclosed.
”For Mr Uche Oga, for not taking to violence to address his grievances following the court judgement, we as a body concerned with the economic and social wellbeing of Ndigbo, must commend him.
Uche Ogah has the interest of not only Abia State but the whole Igbo states at heart, that is why all his investments are concentrated on the South East especially Abia State.
“I can tell you that 90 percent of his investments are located in Abia State where he comes from. But if it were some people who are power drunk, some people who are desperate, the moment he got the judgement of the Appeal Court, heaven would have fallen.