Following the political logjam currently ravaging Abia State, the senate has thrown its weight behind the embattled Governor, Okezie Ipkeazu.
Recall that Uche Ogah, a fellow contender in PDP Governorship primary in the State had in a suit he filed before an Abuja Federal High Court, challenged the emergence of Ikpeazu as the party’s flag bearer in the 2014 governorship election.
He accused the embattled governor of submitting false tax document to the party during the said election.
The Justice Okon Abang-led court had on June 27, 2016 invalidated Ikpeazu’s election while ordering the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, to issue Ogah with certificate of return, which was done.
Ikpeazu, however, filed for stay of execution in a bid to stop INEC from going ahead with the court order but Justice Abang refused to entertain the suit.
But speaking during a condolence visit to Ikpeazu at the Government House in Umuahia, the state capital, senator representing Ekiti South, Senator Biodun Olujimi expressed support for the embattled governor over the political logjam in the state, stressing that the senate was solidly behind him.
The senator was in the state on behalf of the senate to commensurate with the governor over the death of former Foreign Affairs Minister, Chief Ojo Maduekwe and Senator Onyeka Okoroafo.
Olujimi said, “The authentic and indomitable Governor of Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, we are here with the consent of the Senate President and Chairman of the National Assembly, Distinguished Senator, Dr Bukola Saraki, and on behalf of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, to condole with you and the entire people of Abia State in these trying times.
“First, over the political situation in Abia, and over the death of your illustrious sons, Chief Ojo Maduekwe and Senator Onyeka Okoroafo.
“The Senate is solidly behind you in these trying times. You have our support as the governor of the state, we are elected to make laws as lawmakers and it is our duty to ensure that our laws are not abused. We are aware of the political situation in Abia, rest assured that the Senate is with you.”