Abia Central Senatorial District: Be Agent Of Justice, Rep. Onuigbo Urges Judiciary
…As he heads for Appeal
The member representing Ikwuano/ Umuahia North and South Federal Constituency of Abia State, Rep. Sam Onuigbo has expressed utter shock at the recent decision of a Federal High Court in Umuahia, Abia State to dismiss his suit challenging the illegal substitution of his name as the authentic candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) Abia Central Senatorial.
Rep. Onuigbo who bluntly disapproved of the dismissal of his suit, insisted on seeking justice at the Appeal Court despite all odds.
It could be recalled that the Judge, Evelyn Anuadike had on Tuesday, October 4, struck out a suit against the All Progressives Congress, APC, filed by the Federal Lawmaker.
Famous Reporters reports that Rep. Sam Onuigbo had alongside his counterpart, Chief Henry Ikechukwu, participated in the party’s primary election, originally slated for May 28, 2022, which produced the former as the winner of the exercise.
Reacting to the Judge’s pronouncement, Onuigbo recounted that Hon. Emeka Atumah was a co-contender with High Chief Ikechi Emenike on May 26, 2022 and did participate in the party’s primary election rather was a co-contestant with High Chief Ikechi Emenike on May 26, 2022 and came second in the Abia APC Gubernatorial primaries.
In his words:
The decision of the Federal High Court, Umuahia, to strike out my suit challenging the illegal substitution of my name as the All Progressives Congress (APC) Abia Central Senatorial candidate was a surprise to me. The APC Abia Central Senatorial Primary scheduled for May 28, 2022 was contested by just two persons: Chief Henry Ikoh and myself, and I emerged victorious in an election duly monitored by INEC.
“As a lawmaker, I believe that the judiciary should at all times be the agency of justice and thus the hope of the common man. Unfortunately, I do not at this time feel that the Federal High Court, Umuahia has exhaustively looked into my case and taken the right decision.”
“It is my belief that it is unjust for the name of a legitimately elected candidate to be substituted with the name of someone who never bought the forms for the Senatorial seat, was never screened nor participated at any level of the Senatorial primaries. Hon Emeka Atumah contested for Abia APC Gubernatorial primaries with High Chief Ikechi Emenike on May 26, 2022 and came second. Allowing this travesty to go unchallenged will be tantamount to giving injustice, illegal actions and impunity a silent support. No matter what, we must make our contributions to history as people who did our best to call out injustice and impunity wherever we saw it, and confront it using legal means.
“Therefore, after consultation with my legal and strategy teams, I will be appealing this judgement at the Court of Appeal.”
He, therefore, enjoined his supporters to remain peaceful and resolute as he seeks justice at the Appeal Court.
“While we seek for justice at the Appeal Court, I enjoin my supporters to remain calm but resolute, and most importantly, peaceful and law abiding as we continue with our campaign. The wheel of justice may turn slowly, but it is the common man’s only hope.
“Thank you very much and may God bless us.”