By Alozie Solomon.
No English dictionary has been able to explain clearly the difference between the above two words “COMPLETE” and “FINISHED.”But yesterday, an Abuja Appeal Court did in the case between Uche Ogah and High Chief Ikechi Emenike, the authentically elected governorship candidate of All Progressive Candidate in the state. The Honourable Court was able to clearly explain the difference in the two words, and unequivocally too. Few weeks ago, when I made an article titled “Justice Nyako and Judicial Vandalism” I severely received calls and sms, with some in support and some with reservations on why a judge should not be criticized for her ruling.
But on December 23rd, 2022, the Judgement of Abuja Court of Appeal on the case of Abia APC Governorship Candidate for the 2023 election has reaffirmed my position and separated the winners from the losers. So, before going further, let me state here the winners and the losers. The winners are Abia All Progressive Congress, APC and High Chief Ikechi Emenike, the Governorship candidate of the party.
With the judgement, it is becoming evidently clearer that the selection/nomination of candidates of a political party is solely the responsibility of a political party, which no court has jurisdiction to adjudicate on. It has also, straightened the faith of party members that court or Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC are strangers, in matters relating to the conduct of party primaries and nomination of candidates of political parties except where the rule of the party was abridged.
For High Chief Ikechi Emenike, the Judgement has once again reaffirmed his belief that a lie can never triumph over truth as light will always triumph over darkness. The Judgement has once again affirmed the Biblical verse, which says, “Those who trust in God, will be like mount Zion, whereas those who trust in their chariots and horses will be disgraced”. The losers are Sampson Uchechukwu Ogah, Abia PDP, Abia INEC and Justice Nyako. Ogah must have by this Judgement agreed with Mark Twian, that “A lie can travel halfway around the world, while the Truth is putting on its Shoes.”As a liar, he failed to understand that there are always four sides to a story:Your side, their side, the truth, and what really happened. When he was busy telling lies, he forgot that no matter the strength of a lie, it can never triumph over truth. Lies are “foundations built on pack of cards” This is what the Abuja Appeal Court has told him.
For Abia PDP, whose interest in Abia APC has overtaken their sense of shame, having found also a willing tool in Uche Ogah, the Judgement of Abuja Appeal Court has thrown daggers and sands in their camp.
They have become stranded in the wilderness. This is a party that should have been going round the State asking for forgiveness for keeping Abia in a shameful state, but left their houses that have caught fire to chase rat in the camp of Abia APC.For Abia INEC, her role has been clearly explained in the nomination of party candidates and primaries, peradventure they were not aware before now. Abia INEC was informed by the Abia APC of the primaries on the May 26th, 2022, with venue at former Chidiebere Park that INEC officials were there to witness the primaries, yet Abia people were surprised that INEC in Abia denied attending the APC primaries except the purported and kangaroo direct primary of Uche Ogah that the National were not aware of. What a shame!
In the case of Justice Nyako, she didn’t escape unscratched for trying to overturn the obvious. She almost lost her fingers in the infamous and ill-fated judgement of November 11th. The partially white garment of honour she once wore has been tainted, soiled, splattered all over with red oil. Justice Nyako has been reprimanded by an Abuja Appeal-let court for her unprofessional conduct in the said Judgement, and Nigerians are keeping their eyes open in any matter under Justice Nyako going forward for lack of confidence.Whatever that was given to her from the proceed of the famous oil subsidy scam by Uche Ogah must have destroyed her credibility to a state of utmost disrepute and disrepair.
A Yoruba adage says, “He who wears a white garment must avoid retailers of palm oil”. Having stated the above, it is time to use the Abuja Court of Appeal judgment to explain clearly the difference between “COMPLETE” and “FINISHED.”When an aspirant contributes, built and sustains a party, becomes a candidate, and court affirms him as such. He is COMPLETE. When an aspirant stays in Abuja, supports parallel party structure, loses party support and loses party supports, he is FINISHED.
When an Aspirant, who was a minister resigns to contest a gubernatorial election in a state party structure he has no control over, bribe INEC to write witness report for him for a purported primary that the National party is never aware of, procured a voodoo Judgement from Nyako, got funding from PDP to fight his party instead of using the ill gotten funds to rescue his ailing Fueling stations in (ECU) that have not seen a truck load of patrol for over 3years now, and loses at the appeal Court, it means that he is COMPLETELY FINISHED.Let me leave Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah with this warning quote from Mayer Lansky which says that “When you lose money, you lose nothing, when you lose health, you lose something but when you lose character, you lose everything.” A word is enough for the wise. Above all, the judiciary has won. END