Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has said the Federal High court in Abuja which ousted him from office, denied him his fundamental human right. He said that the situation is “atomistic” as there is unnecessary tension and the state is at war with itself.
According to the governor, the controversy has made Abians apprehensive and confused.
“The Abuja High Court ruling denied me of the right to exercise my fundamental human right, which is the right of appeal,” the governor said when he received a group under the aegis of ‘Team of Concerned Lawyers’. “So, if it was a case of execution, I would have been killed without being given time to exercise my right of appeal before a court of competent jurisdiction, which is against the laws of fundamental human rights.”
It is unclear what the governor means by that. The Abuja court did not stop him from appealing its ruling. INEC which issued a certificate of return to his main challenger, Uche Ogah, did so because the governor’s team did not serve if with a stay of execution order.
Ikpeazu said the battle was not about him personally but about the office of the governor, describing it as a coup against the state. He thanked the lawyers in the state for educating the people of the state on the need to remain calm, “as the desperados had already come into the state to wreak havoc.”