Abia North PDP backs Ikpeazu

As controversy continues to trail the tax payment returns of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, a group under the aegis of Ndigbo Buofuobi has urged him to quit office for Dr Uche Ogah.
According to a statement signed by the National President of Ndigbo Buofuobi, Igwekala Ugomaduefule, Ikpeazu lacks the moral right to continue in office because of the severity of the allegations against him.
Ugomaduefule declared that the entire Igbo nation is scandalised that he is using all sorts of subterfuge to hang on to office.
Part of the statement reads: “Since the issue of tax evasion by the outgoing Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, became public knowledge, the people of Abia sState, the Igbo nation and indeed all Nigerians have been keenly following the development in court because of the severity of the alleged offence.
“At every point and turn, the governor engaged all manner of delay tactics and subterfuge to stop the case, including going to the Supreme Court to ensure that the case does not see the light of the day.
“However, all the rigmarole on the tax evasion case instituted against him came to a halt on Monday, June 27, following the ruling by the Federal High Court, Abuja, presided over by Justice Okon Abang, which found him culpable of tax evasion and consequently kicked him out of office.
“The court also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to issue a certificate of return to Ogah, who came second in the PDP primaries.
“We, members of Ndigbo Buofuobi, like other Nigerians, had expected the governor to toe the path of honour, apologise for his misdeed and immediately quit office for Ogah as ordered by the court.
“Rather than do the honourable thing, Ikpeazu has been brazenly talking tough and refusing to quit office. We find it very irritating, morally questionable and politically incorrect for a man that should cover his face in shame to be all over the media boasting that he will not respect the court’s ruling.
“We want to use this opportunity to call on the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to call Governor Ikpeazu to order and prevail on him to respect the ruling of the court instead of exposing the party to more public ridicule after the damage he did to its image by tax evasion.
“PDP leaders should also learn from this sad incident and ensure that in future all aspirants for every position are scrupulously screened before the primaries to ensure that this ugly development does not repeat itself in future.’’

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  • Dr. Jegede, Ajibade Ebenezer

    This Ndigbo Buofuobi only portrayed themselves as patriots yet a lot of undercurrents manifested outstandingly in their rantings. By the way, who are this faceless people? Considering their submission, it looks as if relatively few of them should possess a least a little education. Don’t they know something about court processes? If two courts issue conflicting pronouncements on same issue, it becomes more difficult to implement such conflicting positions until court of higher coordinate jurisdiction is able to resolve the legal issue. No one can force him out until this is resolve. If it will take 10 years so be it. The judgement that brought Ogah on board is abinitio faulty and the time lag to permit reflection on court pronouncement and the process of appealing against the judgement is tactically orchestrated to give Ogah the room to cause problem in Abia.