Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu on Friday described the verdict of the Federal High Court sitting in Owerri which gave him a clean bill of health on the controversial tax certificate forgery allegations as a victory of light over darkness.
Ikpeazu who spoke at the Government House in Umuahia while addressing a mammoth crowd of his supporters who came to show their support for him regarding the case, said the ruling had also vindicated him.
He said it was an indication that he would surely triumph over similar suit pending in Abuja court.
Chief Friday Nwosu had approached the court seeking the disqualification of Ikpeazu as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2015 election, alleging that he forged his tax certificate.
But the presiding judge, Justice A.I Alagoa, in his ruling said Nwosu failed woefully to prove his case, and subsequently dismissed it.
He also affirmed that Ikpeazu was qualified to contest the election as PDP flag bearer, upholding his election as valid.
The highly elated Ikpeazu described the judgment as “significant and important”.
His words: “This victory is particularly important and significant to us because the matter that was decided in Owerri today is on all fours with the one that we are battling at Abuja.
“Precisely, my briefing informs me that the learned judge declared that my tax papers were genuine and good. He also declared that I was qualified to contest the governorship election that was held on the 11th and 25th of April, 2015 and that the declaration of INEC which subsequently cumulated in my swearing-in ceremonies that I remain the governor of Abia State was in order”
Speaking further, he said “This victory is a victory of light over darkness. It is a victory of good over evil. It is a victory for founding fathers and lovers of Abia State. It is a victory for equity and Justice. It is also a victory for the Nigeria Judiciary,” he added.
Ikpeazu said that those plotting to steal his mandate from the backdoor would not succeed, describing the botched attempt by Dr. Uche Ogah to unseat him on June 30, as “coup d’etat.”
“It was a clever plot designed to bring in a usurper through the window, but our God of justice who never changes that spoke in April last year spoke through the tribunal to the Supreme Court has done it again. We are confident that victory will continue to follow us to the glory of God so that we will be empowered to serve our people.
Ikpeazu promised not to discriminate any part of the state, while soliciting the cooperation and support of all the zones “for greater Abia.”
“I would not want a disintegrated state under my watch, I would do everything under my powers to make sure that Abia state remains one strong ,united family.
Ikpeazu declared that those plotting to destabilize the state by unseating him illegally would not succeed.
“ We are aware of the evil attempts by some people, we are aware that some elements within our boundaries are overly ambitious, we are aware that some people may be on course into schemes and designs that tend to undermine the substance and fabrics that bring us together. But I want to assure such people that they will meet with stiff resistance and as long as God gives us strength, we will continue to stand for equity and justice”, he assured.
Ikpeazu applauded his legal team led by Dr Theo Nkire for its gallantry, and hard work which culminated in the victory at Owerri.