PROTESTERS DEMAND CERTIFIED TRUE COPIES OF JUDGMENT ON ELECTION PETITIONS FROM TRIBUNAL IN ABIA.
Party faithful of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) in Abia state on Wednesday held a peaceful protest to condemn the alleged non release of the judgement by the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Umuahia on the matter involving the All Progressive Congress candidate Nnamdi Iro Oji and the declared winner of the election, Honourable Uko Nkole for Arochukwu/Ohafia federal constituency.
The placard carrying protesters were undeterred by the day’s showers as they displayed several inscriptions demanding for their right.
They claim that it had been thirteen days since after the judgment of the lower court, yet certified true copy of that judgment is yet to be released.
The Tribunal had returned Representative Uko Nkole as the duly elected Federal House of Representatives representing Arochukwu/Ohafia Federal Constituency in a petition brought before it by Nnamdi Iro Oji, the All Progressive Congress candidate in the 2019 general election.
An APC member, Chidiebere Kalu who spoke while the protest was going on, said they were running out of time given the deadline already set for those who are ready to challenge the decision of the tribunal at the Appeal court.
He described the none release of the judgement to their candidate as “suicidal and uncalled for.”
According to Mr. Ndem Chukwu, another party member, alleged that the National Assembly petitions judgment for Abia North is being unduly withheld even as he alleged that attempts are being made to rewrite the judgement in the hotel rooms of the Judges after about two weeks from the date of delivering the judgement.
He insisted it was a deliberate act since according to him the judgement must be studied before they can proceed to the Appellate court adding that the delay in releasing it will surely affect the process of approaching the court which has a window of about only twenty-one days.
Others whose judgements have not been released as alleged by the protesters include Senator Orji Uzor Kalu as well as Martins Apugo, all of the APC and eyebrows are being raised as to why the judgements are yet to be released to them to further pursue their case at the Appellate court as provided in law.