By Vincent Kalu
A Federal High Court sitting at Umuahia, Abia State, presided over by Justice Evelyn Anyadike, has fixed November 16, 2023, for judgment in a suit no FHC/UM/CS/63/2022, instituted by a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia State, Mr. Ndubisi Etugo Ogah, seeking to stop the party from fielding Prof. Uche Ikonne, as its governorship candidate for the 2023 election.
After hearing the case, Ogah accused the state governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu of spearheading the move to truncate the Abia Charter of Equity (ACE) signed by the founding fathers of the state to ensure that the governorship seat rotates equitably among the three senatorial zones.
Ogah, who threw more light on why he is in court to stop the PDP from fielding Prof. Ikonne as the governorship candidate of the party in the 2023 election in the state, explained that his mission was to ensure equity and political stability in Abia State.
“I’m praying the court to disqualify Ikonne from participating in 2023 governorship election in the 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 District, where Ikonne comes from to produce the governor of the state in 2023 but the turn of Abia North Senatorial zone,” Ogah said.
Speaking to newsmen in court shortly after Justice Anyadike fixed November 16, 2023, for judgment after hearing the case, Ogah explained that the nomination of Ikonne from Abia Central, as governorship candidate of the PDP at a time Abia North is supposed to produce the governor was unfair.