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Nigerians react over sack of Anambra lawmakers by S’Court


*PDP BoT chief says “impunity doesn’t pay”

“Those who felt that it would continue to be business as usual are now being hunted down by their past and present misdeeds. Impunity never pays” – Okudo

The three PDP Senators – Ubah, Ekwunife and Oduah

It has remained a case of different strokes for different folks, as opinions and moods have remained mixed and sharply divided over the Supreme Court’s ouster of all the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The legislators from Anambra state had hitherto been in the Red and Green Chambers of the National Assembly.

Amongst the reactions was the one from Chief Maxwell Okudo, a Board of Trustees (BoT) and pioneer member of the founding fathers of the PDP. 

He told journalists that “impunity has been the bane of our democracy. 

“Those who felt that it would continue to be business as usual are now being hunted down by their past and present misdeeds. Impunity never pays”, he stressed.

According to him, “impunity is complete evil which affects so many things. Party primary was formulated to be a first step towards the main election. It avails the political party chance to pick its best and most popular candidate for a particular election.

“But when you abandon or thwart the established process and chose to write peoples names on a piece of paper from someone’s bedroom or hotel room, they are bound to react. 

“There must be consequences. So we would not solve our problems until we learn to always do the right things…” he emphasized.

Hon Tim Egboka, a former lawmaker in the Anambra House of Assembly noted that the apex court’s verdict has restored the confidence of the party leadership in the state and as well that of the party members. Anambra people now know where to go for party matters, while all those planning to decamp have immediately changed their minds.

The verdict has according to the ex-lawmaker has restored the mandate of those who were the original candidates sponsored by the party for the last general elections in line with the Electoral Act. 

“They are the ones whose names were published by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the first day of the display and publication of list of candidates.

“It was surprising that after the publication INEC did a u-turn citing a Court of Appeal judgement that nullified the initial Federal High Court judgement which had produced the candidates. 

“And feeling dissatisfied, the candidates through the party chairman, Chief Ejike Oguebego went to Supreme Court and successfully challenged the decision of the Court of Appeal.

“It is therefore surprising that those affected, instead of taking up their fate with equanimity and in the spirit of sportsman appear to have resorted to interpreting the apex court’s judgement upside down. 

“These are same people who were hitherto lost in the crowd, people who had never showed interest in the activities of their constituents they were supposed to represent. They now have found their voices.”

Mrs Chika Egbo lamented their ouster, especially now that one of the House of Representatives members from Central senatorial zone assured her that he would help secure employment for one of her four unemployed graduate sons and daughters. 

“She threatened to quit politics if her daughter fails to get the job eventually.

The verdict of the Supreme Court read on Friday, Jan 29, 2016 had affirmed Chief Ejike Oguebego led exco as the one to be recognized by the INEC on all election matters in the state.

This executive had hitherto organized a party primary which produced Chief Chris Uba, Sen Annie Okonkwo and Prince John Emeka as the Senatorial candidates of South, Central and North respectively, amongst other nominated Reps and state Assembly candidates. 

They were however surreptitiously replaced; hence they went to court which has now restored them back to their original positions.

From Chuks Collins

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