Nigeria (Blank NEWS Online) –Albert OGRAKA:
Palpable fear has gripped the leadership and members of the Ahmed Markarfi led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta state over the recent redeployment of one of the controversial Federal High Court judges in the country, Justice Okon Abang from the Federal High Court, Abuja, to the Asaba Division in Delta State.
The Olorogun Kingsley Esiso led executive of the PDP in Delta State is clearly afraid of the grand style political machinations and muzzling by the Ali Modu Sheriff led faction, ahead of the 2019 elections in Delta state.
It has also been touted that a known dramatis personae in the PDP crisis and National Deputy Chairman to Ali Modu Sheriff led faction and former House of Representatives member from Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s Ika Federal constituency in the State, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, presently enjoys friendship with Justice Okon Abang in procuring controversial injunctions from Abang’s court.
Reactions which came in the guise of Delta State PDP Alliances For Good Governance (DSPAGG) and made available to Blank NEWS Online at 8:28 AM on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, have however begun to trail the redeployment of Justice Okon Abang to the Asaba Division of the Federal High Court in Delta State.
Describing Justice Abang as a stooge of the ruling All Progressive Congress APC, the DSPAGG in a statement by its Chairman, Fredrick Ikechukwu, appealed to the Federal High Court Chief Judge, Justice Ibrahim Auta, to reconsider the posting of Justice Abang to Delta State in order halt furter derailment of the nation’s democracy.
“Delta State is a PDP State with people who are peace loving and has never had problem with federal establishments in the State. It is our genuine fear that should the posting of Justice Okon Abang stay; strange things will begin to happen in the area of judicial dispensation” said Ikechukwu.
DSPAGG he said views the redeployment of Justice Abang from the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court as part of the deliberate plans of the APC to wrestle power from the PDP in Delta come 2019 elections.
“Nigerians are well aware of the hatchet jobs which Justice Abang did for the ruling APC while in the Abuja Division, and we are sure he will do no less especially as one of the dramatis personae in the PDP crisis and self-imposed National Deputy Chairman to Amodu Sheriff, who enjoys the friendship with Justice Okon Abang is from Delta State and have always procured controversial injunctions from Abang’s court.”
Ikechukwu noted the jubilation that greeted the posting of Abang to Delta State by APC and the faction of PDP led by the self imposed Deputy National Chairman from the State as clear pointer to the expected patronage to the Federal High court judge who is renowned for giving judgments against the PDP.
While appealing for the redeployment of Justice Abang to any of the APC controlled states, Ikechukwu stated that, “Nigerians can still recall vividly that this judge gave judgment against the PDP governor of Abia State that led to INEC re-issuing another Certificate of Return to a man who did not contest election and also issued an Order to INEC to recognize Senator Sheriff’s candidates in Edo and Ondo states.”
He said the peaceful PDP family in Delta rejects Justice Abang who is known agent of the APC who they have expected to the state to continue from where he stopped in the Abuja Division.
“We expect the judiciary to in the alternative retire Justice Okon Abang instead of posting him to Delta State where he is expected to inflict damages to the PDP family in the State. Very soon strange suits will be filed and already prepared injunctions/judgments will be delivered all to truncate democracy and distabilise PDP in Delta State.”
The Delta State PDP Alliances For Good Governance DSPAGG reaffirmed its support to the Olorogun Kingsley Esiso led executive of the PDP in Delta State and commended a chieftain of the party, Senator Ighoyota Amori, who is the Special Adviser to the Senator Ahmed Makarfi led National Chairman Caretaker Committee of PDP on Reconciliation and Conflict Management for his exemplary leadership qualities and effective representation of Delta State at the national level.
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