‘We will defend him with our last drop of blood’ | Ikpeazu’s kinsmen blast INEC, court

The Supreme Council of Ukwa-Ngwa Youths, the apex forum of all youths in Ukwa/Ngwa political section of Abia state has revealed its desire to defend the governorship mandate of Okezie Ikpeazu with the last drop of its blood.

The council threatened to make the state ungovernable if Ikpeazu is not restored as the legitimate governor of the state.

Ikpeazu had been sacked by Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja for alleged tax offences which rendered him disqualified to run for the governorship position in the first place.

The court had ordered that Uche Ogah, the first runner up in the primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party, which Okezie won, should be declared as the governor of the state.

Ikpeazu is the first Ukwa-Ngwa indigene to be governor in Abia State.

The council, in a statement released in Umuahia, asked President Muhammadu Buhari to wade into the case to shelve the major crisis which was already brewing in the state.

The National Co-ordinator of the group, Kinsley Okadigbo described the actions of the Independent National Electoral Commission in issuing a certificate of return to Ogah and the judgement of the court as a rape of democracy.

He said, “The sack of Governor Ikpeazu by Justice Abang is a rape of the Ngwa man’s right. It is a clear case of judicial rape of democracy in Nigeria, an act we shall vehemently resist by whatever means possible. No man is born violent or a militant.

“The security and safety of oil and gas facilities and the staff of the operational joint venture companies in Ukwa-Ngwa nation can no longer be guaranteed, if issues raised here-in are not redressed in consonance with the rule of law and diligent due process.

“Our peaceful disposition should not be taken for granted, as we call on forces behind orchestrated plot to set Abia State ablaze to desist from doing that henceforth and give peace a chance.”

The youths vowed to defend Ikpeazu with their last blood if need be.

“We will use the last blood of our bodies as youths of the nine LGAs out of 17 to defend the mandate freely given to him,” they said.

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