Ohuabunea blames A'Court, INEC over his lost Ogbonnaya Ikokwu, Umuahia

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, in the February 23rd senatorial election in the Abia North senatorial zone Chief Mao Ohuabunwa, has blamed the Appeal Court panel over his lost in the Appeal brought before by Chief Orji Kalu.

The Appeal Court Owerri in Imo state had on Thursday up turned the decision of National and State Houses of Assembly election petitions tribunal sitting in Umuahia, Abia state that a supplementary election should be conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission to conclude the senatorial election.

The Tribunal had nullifed the election of  Kalu of the All Progressive Congress, on the grounds of non compliance with the Electoral Act,  and  principles of margin of lead .

But not satisfied with the judgment of the tribunal, Kalu headed for the appeal court where the appellate court to seek for Justice.

The Appeal Court  however set aside the judgement of the tribunal, arguing that the lower court erred in justice by granting the PDP candidate "reliefs he never asked for."

But Ohuabunwa in his formal reaction  to the judgement of the Appeal Court said it was a miscarriage of Justice which has brought Nigeria's democracy under siege.

Ohuabunwa said  he strongly believed he won the election but claimed  that his "mandate was stolen."

He spoke on Monday  through a statement by the Director General of his "Follow Better" Campaign Organisation, Dr. Ndubuisi Eke.

Ohuabunwa who expressed concern over "the preponderance  of bad eggs" among INEC officials and ad-hoc staff described  the duo as  "the worst enemies of Nigeria democracy".

He claimed that "the mandate of Abia North people was stolen through the collaboration of  INEC and compromised security agents who maintained criminal silence in the face of evil".

He expressed shock over the judgement  of the appeal court saying he had been inundated by calls from democrats and well meaning Nigerians whose hope was dashed by the verdict.

"Our judiciary again, lost another golden opportunity to restore public confidence and rekindle the people's hope on our fledgling democracy", he said.

He wondered how the members of the panel arrived at their conclusion that the lower tribunal erred in justice by ordering a supplementary election in areas " where INEC robbed the people of their right to decide who will be their leader".

"Is it now justice that votes in eight  out of 11 wards (including my own Ward and Unit) in my Arochukwu LGA were collated but unjustifiably and dubiously thrown away by INEC? Is it justice that the only places where votes were cancelled were PDP strongholds, affecting 101,000 registered voters  which the tribunal in its wisdom wanted to correct by ordering a supplementary?" he queried.

Ohuabunwa said the judgement of the appeal court was "a travesty of justice, bad precedence in our legal system and a judicial nod to illegality and broad-day robbery of the people's mandate".

He insisted that "INEC criminally subverted the will of the people of Abia North by not making their votes to count".

"INEC clearly violated the Electoral Act by giving certificate of return to a candidate who was never returned by any Returning Officer because  the margin of win was far less than the total number of cancelled votes", he argued.

He however said he had handed over the matter to God "who alone is the final and only righteous  judge."

Ohuabunwa equally said he had moved on with life, saying that since the appellate court was the final bus stop for the legal tussle, he had "resigned the matter to God".

He described the people as the worst loosers of the legal battle "because they have been robbed of their mandate".

" My only regret is that Abia North which has always produced great voices at the senate has suddenly become a comic relief and laughing stock at the red chamber".

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