February 4, 2023



APGA disaster: Okorie accuses NBA, NUJ, CSOs of judicial abomination, silence

Factional presidential candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Chekwas Okorie, has accused the Nigerian Bar Affiliation, the Nigerian Labour Congress, the Nigerian Union of Journalists and Civil Society Organisations of sustaining a deafening silence on the judicial rascality of a factional chairman of the get together, Chief Victor Oye and his sponsors.

Okoye who described the silence because the tacit endorsement of Oye’s judicial rascality, stated he had determined to attract the eye of Nigerians to a judicial abomination, a felony rascality and nice travesty being perpetrated by means of a conspiracy by some staffers of the Supreme Court docket of Nigeria, some  officers of the police and the INEC.

In a press release on Monday, Okorie alleged that the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) had refused to acknowledge Edozie Njoku as chairman of APGA regardless of a Supreme Court docket judgement which declared him because the chairman of the get together. 

Full textual content of the assertion stated: “At present I’ve determined to attract the eye of Nigerians to a judicial abomination, a felony rascality and nice travesty being perpetrated by means of a conspiracy by some staffers of the Supreme Court docket of Nigeria, some  officers of the Police and the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee. 

“So nice is that this travesty {that a} retired Justice of the Supreme Court docket, Hon. Justice Mary Ukaego Peter-Odili got here out of retirement to reply to a letter looking for for the affirmation of a judgment given by a Panel she chaired. 

“The tragedy is that not one lawyer; senior or junior, has protested the rubbishing of the Supreme Court docket nor the persecution of an harmless man. 

“The deafening silence of the Nigerian Bar Affiliation, the Nigerian Labour Congress, the Nigerian Union of Journalists, and Civil Society Organisations is a tacit endorsement of the judicial rascality of Victor Oye, the highly effective people who’re sponsoring him and his Co-conspirators ensconced within the very establishments which are purported to nurture and defend our nascent democracy. 

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“I’m speaking in regards to the APGA management disaster which is now within the eighteenth yr of the twenty yr previous get together. My travails are well-known and documented. At present isn’t the day to recount my ordeal. 

“Nevertheless, I draw your consideration to this specific episode that portends a transparent and current hazard to the 2023 elections.

“On Might 31, 2019 in Owerri APGA elected its Nationwide Working Committee NWC at its Nationwide Conference. Edozie Njoku was elected the nationwide chairman. Victor Oye held a parallel Conference in Awka on the identical day. 

“Weeks later, Jude Okeke rushed to Jigawa state and sued Edozie Njoku claiming the NWC had suspended him. 

“He requested the Jigawa Excessive Court docket to recognise him because the appearing chairman. The courtroom granted his needs. 

“INEC instantly recognised Jude Okeke as chairman of APGA. The matter was appealed to the Kano division of the Enchantment Court docket. Edozie Njoku sought to hitch the matter however he was refused joinder. 

“But, on web page 78 of its judgment the Enchantment courtroom dominated that Njoku must have been joined. The Enchantment Court docket dominated that elimination of a celebration chairman is an inner affair of the get together and subsequently not justiceable. 

“Jude Okeke appealed to the Supreme Court docket. Edozie Njoku additionally appealed to the apex Court docket. The Supreme Court docket upheld the ruling of the Enchantment Court docket saying that the elimination of a celebration chairman was not justiceable. 

“On October 14th, 2021 the apex Court docket affirmed that the present management of APGA emanated from the Owerri conference of May31, 2019. The Court docket in error acknowledged that Victor Oye was the chairman who was eliminated by the Jigawa Excessive Court docket. 

“On Might sixth, 2022, Edozie Njoku wrote a letter to the chairman of the Supreme Court docket panel that heard the APGA management enchantment, Justice Mary Ukaego Peter-Odili mentioning the error and asking for a correction. 

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“On Might ninth, 2022, the Supreme Court docket panel made the correction and changed Oye’s title with Edozie Njoku. 

“Edozie Njoku served INEC with the corrected judgment. INEC neither acknowledged nor responded to Edozie’s letter. All entreaties to the INEC chairman to recognise Edozie Njoku because the genuine chairman of APGA had been rebuffed.

“Victor Oye held a press convention and introduced to the  entire world that Edozie Njoku solid the corrected judgment. He petitioned the Nigerian Police Power and different safety businesses claiming Edozie Njoku had solid a Supreme Court docket judgement. 

“On July fifteenth, Justice Kekere-Okun, who took over from Justice Odili because the chairman of the panel issued an enrollment order to Edozie Njoku. The Supreme Court docket had earlier issued licensed true copies CTC of the Might ninth correction to Edozie Njoku and different events. 

“Someday in August, Oye, as an alternative of vacating workplace of chairman of APGA went full steam in compromising the Police, INEC and the Supreme Court docket. 

“The police invited Edozie and a few members of the NWC to reply to allegations of forgery made towards them by Victor Oye. INEC refused to acknowledge Edozie Njoku

as chairman. The chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu privately informed some folks that he was unaware of any correction by the Supreme Court docket regardless of being served the corrected judgment and the enrolled order by a Supreme Court docket bailiff. 

“Whereas the Justices of the Supreme Court docket had been on recess, the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court docket wrote a  letter to the Police disowning the corrected judgment. The chief Registrar additionally wrote to INEC making the identical claims that the Supreme Court docket judgement is a forgery. She hand delivered her letter to the INEC chairman. The Director of Litigation, Abubakar Dikko, licensed the judgment of October 14th, 2021 which was corrected on Might ninth, 2022 in August 2022. Dr. Festus Akande, the Director of Press issued a press launch setting apart the corrected judgment of the Court docket. All these occurred within the absence of the Supreme Court docket Justices. 

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“CSP Ezekiel Rimasonte was one of many cops tasked with investigating Victor Oye’s allegations towards Edozie Njoku was making utterances that uncovered his bias. On October thirteenth, Edozie Njoku wrote a petition to the Inspector Common of Police informing him of Mr. Rimasonte’s unprofessional conduct. He was instantly reassigned and the case handed to DCP Simon Lough SAN to analyze.  

“Curiously 8 days after, on October twenty first,  Rimasonte filed felony fees towards Edozie Njoku and Chukwuemeka Nwoga on the FCT Excessive Court docket. 

“Justice Mary Ukaego Peter-Odili on November seventh, responded to Edozie Njoku’s letter reaffirming the judgment of her panel and gave causes for the correction. 

“Victor Oye referred to as the letter from the retired jurist a forgery and solid aspersions on the unblemished character of Justice Mary Ukaego Peter-Odili. 

“Fellow Nigerians, your continued silence within the face of this travesty of justice and persecution of harmless individuals will be the deafening bang that can truncate the 2023 basic elections. 

“Nobody is above the regulation, is a typically accepted truism in a democracy like ours. Disparaging and denigrating the Supreme Court docket is tantamount to a judicial abomination. 

“And if everybody retains quiet and permit it to occur with no reactions from the Judiciary, the Lawyer Common of the Federation, women and men of goodwill and even civil society organisations it quantities to watering the grounds for chaos. It might ultimately devour all of us.

“I name on all women and men of conscience to stand up and confront this judicial abomination, the damaging and felony rascality of some highly effective people led by Victor Oye and his sponsor Prof. Chukwuma Soludo.”