By Valentine Amanze
He who goes to Equity must go with clean hands
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) group in Ebonyi State, the AnyiChuks Campaign Organization, has appealed to Senator Obinna Ogba, who contested the 2022 PDP Governorship Primaries in the state and lost to Dr. Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odi, to reunite with the party to fight a common enemy in the state – the All Progressives Congress (APC).
It also advised Ogba to show restraint and maturity by respecting the democratic processes and stop taking laws into his own hands.
The group, via a statement issued by Mr. Abia Onyike, the director, Media and Publicity, on Friday, frowned at Ogba’s attitude to the party, while advising him to stop parading himself as the PDP Guber candidate for Ebonyi State.
It stated: “His current posturing constitutes a clog in the wheel of progress of our great party, the PDP in Ebonyi State.
“We take exception to Sen. Ogba’s continuous and unrelenting crusade of falsehood and his irridentist commitment to misrepresent and disobey the sacred orders of a Court of competent jurisdiction. His continuous disobedience of the orders of the Federal High Court, Abakaliki, which nullified the PDP primaries of 4th and 5th June, 2022 has been noted. His conduct is not only sacrilegious but an act of contemptuous effrontery against the judicial authorities.
“For instance, Sen. Ogba has continued to parade himself as the PDP Guber candidate for Ebonyi State, advertising his Certificate of Return, which the Court had nullified. Then on the 23rd of June, two days after Ogba failed to secure “Stay of Execution” in the Court of Appeal, Enugu, he addressed a small gathering of his supporters and purportedly presented his so-called Deputy Governorship Candidate /Running mate to nowhere in particular. The PDP NWC has nothing to do with Ogba’s running mate as it is an exercise in futility. The party has already screened the Deputy Governorship Candidate to Dr. Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odi, in the person of Sen Igwe Nwagu.”
The PDP group also asked whether Ogba’s new attitude was the case of a bad loser or that of unbridled desperation, impunity, anarchism or impersonation.
“Was it not on the 21st of June, 2022 that Sen. Ogba approached the Court of Appeal to apply to be joined in the case at the Federal High Court Abakaliki, to enable him file his Appeal? So, if he was the PDP Governorship Candidate as he falsely/ continuously claims, what then did he go to do at the Court of Appeal? If Ogba cannot obey a Court Order, then he has no business going to any other Court for that matter, including the Court of Appeal. He who goes to Equity must go with clean hands,” the group stated.
It however pointed out to Ogba that a person who promotes the flouting of Court Orders is an anarchist and an anti-democratic element, stressing, “When a Court of Law gives a judgement on an issue and someone deliberately commissions himself to be misinterpreting the judgement in the eyes of the public, that individual is engaging in criminal contempt of court and should be getting ready to go to jail.”
Besides, the group threatened to file Contempt Proceedings against Ogba if his acts of brigandage were not halted forthwith.