The embattled governor of Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu yesterday, vowed that he could not afford to relinquish his seat to Dr. Uche Ogah, saying that the mandate was freely given to him by God and Abia people.

Vanguard revealed that the governor said this while addressing the people of Abia North who were on a solidarity visit to him at the Government House, Umuahia.

He disclosed that he had previously visited Uche Ogah three times to solicit his support and urged him to drop his ambition but to no avail.

According to him, the mandate given to him by Abia voters has spiritual connotation which he could not afford to abandon.

The people from Abia North had come to restate their support for the power shift under the doctrine of Abia Charter of Equity, which provides for rotation of power to the three senatorial zones of the state. Consequently, they had expressed support and solidarity to the governor of Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, saying he emerged from Abia South zone in line with the charter.

In their reaction to the political crisis in the state, Abia North PDP frowned at the judgment of Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court Abuja which favoured Dr. Uche Ogah, who is from the zone. Rising from a stakeholders’ meeting held in Ohafia, Abia North PDP said that they rejected the judgment.

“The controversial and contentious judgment of the Hon. Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja Division came to us as a surprise and a calculated attempt to rock the boat of a smooth sailing government of Abia State under the able leadership of Okezie Ikpeazu, Ph.D.

“That the said judgment, which is misconceived, unsearched and unknown to facts and law defeats all known principles of justice.

“That we totally align with the judgment of Hon. Justice Lewis Allagoa of the Federal High Court, Owerri Division, is well reasoned and well researched both in facts and law thereby vindicating and absolving Okezie Ikpeazu, Ph.D of any wrong doing with respect to his tax documents.”

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