Abia guber: Ogah lashes at Ikpeazu as court fixes Nov 16 for judgement on rotation
By Toby Chuks
Renowned businessman, grassroots politician and chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia State, Mr. Ndubisi Etugo Ogah, has lashed at Governor Okezie Ikpeazu for Ignoring power rotation in Abia State, accusing the governor of causing confusion in the State.
Ogah threw more light on why he is in court to stop the party from fielding Professor Uche Ikonne as governorship candidate of PDP for 2023 election in Abia State.
He explained that his mission in Federal High Court sitting in Umuahia is to ensure prevalence of equity that will pave the way for political stability in Abia as God’s Own State.
Mr Ogah in a case no FHC/UM/CS/63/2022 is praying the court to disqualify Ikonne from participating in 2023 governorship election in Abia State on the ground that an agreement on power rotation known as Abia Charter of Equity (ACE) signed by the founding fathers of Abia State shows that it is not the turn of Abia Central Senatorial zone where Ikonne comes from to produce the governor of the State in 2023 but the turn of Abia North Senatorial zone.
Speaking to newsmen in court shortly after Justice Anyadike fixed November 16, 2023, for judgement after hearing the case, Ogah lashed at Governor Ikpeazu.
He described the Governor as ungrateful fellow for spearheading the move to truncate the Agreement on rotation of power known as Abia Charter of Equity (ACE) signed by the founding fathers of the State to ensure that governorship seat rotates equitably among the three Senatorial zone in the State.
He explained that the nomination of Ikonne from Abia Central as governorship candidate of PDP at a time when it is the turn of Abia North to produce the governor is an ungrateful act on the side of Ikpeazu who, according to him, is a beneficiary of ACE through the leaders of PDP led by former Governor Theodore Orji.
He echoed that Senator Orji as Governor supported ACE which paved the way for Ikpeazu from Abia South to become the Governor in 2015.
He added: “Ikpeazu wouldn’t have become Governor if Orji as Governor ignored ACE. Again in March this year, Orji called a meeting of PDP leaders and stakeholders from all the 17 Local government areas in Abia and told them that it is the turn of Abia North to produce the governor in 2023 in line with ACE but Ikpeazu ignored it and went ahead to install Ikonne from Central as PDP candidate.
“That is an insult to former Governor Theodore and stakeholders of PDP, an insult to Abia North and the founding fathers and I won’t accept it. And that’s why I’m in court.” Read more.