The Law Will Set Ikpeazu Free, Not Rally — Ugochukwu Amaraizu Esq

By Ikenga Chronicles August 4, 2016

Millions of Abians, last week, organized an unprecedented solidarity rally for the Governor of Abia State- Dr Okezie Victor Ikpeazu in Umuahia- the State capital. The word ” SOLIDARITY ” has to do with a union of interests, purposes and sympathies among members of a group. The said rally is not unconnected to the bundles of distractions otherwise known as law suits filed against the Governor by fellow Abians, who feel they can twist the law to grab power contrary to the will and aspirations of the people of Abia State. Abians therefore decided to showcase their tacit support for the Governor by trooping out to prove to the whole world that they are solidly behind Dr Okezie Victor Ikpeazu. That’s a very good step anyway.

However, inasmuch as Abians will continue to show that they willingly gave their collective mandate to the Governor, it is also necessary that we do not lose focus on the necessary things to do to ensure that our mandate is not stolen. Rally has come and gone. The whole world have seen that Abians indeed gave their mandate to Dr Okezie Victor Ikpeazu. But the pertinent question to ask is ” To what extent can the rally affect the minds of the 5 Justices sitting at the Court of Appeal Abuja who are set to hear the adoption of written submissions of lawyers for both parties and their consequential oral amplifications on Tuesday- 9th August, 2016?”

My dear brothers and sisters, it is not in doubt that what is presently happening in the Nigeria Judiciary is frightening. It is such that no amount of protest ( be it violent or peaceful ) or rally ( whether on solidarity ground or political ) can influence the minds of the Judges. It is quite a long time the battle shifted from the people to the Judiciary and/or legal profession.

It is on this note that I am pleading with our people in the legal team to ensure that we do not lose focus considering the intimidating crowd that came out to pay solidarity visit to Dr Okezie Victor Ikpeazu. The case at the moment is beyond staging a rally or any form of protest. The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 ( As Amended ) has unambiguous provisions for grounds to disqualify a person from contesting the office of a Governor. Let’s therefore protect our mandate by supplying all legal authorities, principles and facts in prosecution of our case. We will certainly return victorious…

May God bless Dr Okezie Victor Ikpeazu!

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