By Levinus Nwabughiogu
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has said that the people of Abia
State have sworn to protect the mandate given to him in the
2015 election, saying that any impunity on the election
would be resisted.
Speaking with some journalists in Abuja, the governor, who
is in Appeal Court to challenge a Federal High Court
removing him, said that anyone claiming to be more popular
and in regular standing with the people should square up
with him for an election.
He described the move to remove him as clandestine,
saying it was an attack on democracy.
He said: “So, what you are seeing is gymnastics of people
trying to import impunity of old days into the present day
circumstance and I have said it time and time again, that
my people are happy with the present government at the
federal level for not yielding to this kind of impunity, such
that you can get money from oil subsidy and deploy it for
the removal of a sitting governor.
“I remember Ngige. I remember Abiola. These were serious
attacks and enfontry on our democracy and our journey to
develop ourselves in an egalitarian way, in a modern way as
it is practiced all over the world. “But I have said it, time
and time again, that Abia people are willing and prepared to
resist this kind of impunity. Anybody who thinks that he is in
good and regular standing with the people should go and
run for an election. I mean it is morally right. If you think
you are man enough, obtain the form and run election.
You can’t come and steal a mandate of somebody who
campaigned four times in every local government, who ran
election on the 11th and another one on the 25th, who had
gone through the tribunal upto the Supreme Court and
affirmed as governor.
“Then you just go because you have a judgement, you want
to storm Government House and take over, that is not how
it is done. That High Court cannot decide for the over
400,000 voters in Abia State. It is unfortunate but we can
only have one governor who swore to an oath of allegiance
and to the constitution of the federal republic to serve his
people and that is me.”
Ikpeazu however established a firm confidence in the
judiciary to serve justice as it should be.