Group Condemns Media Trial Of Sen. Orji, His Son, Chinedum - Says Alleged Figures Fabricated, Accounts Non-Existent - Blames Politics Of Abia 2023 For It

Posted by GRANDNEWS | 29 February 2020 | 713 times

Sen Theodore Orji, former Governor of Abia State

The Abia North Unity Group (ANUG) has risen stoutly in the defence of former Abia State Governor, Sen Theodore Orji, condemning what it called “media trial” of the former governor and his son, Rt Hon Chinedum Eyinnaya Orji. The group said recent development in Abia were orchestrated by people who are opposed to and not comfortable with the avowed position of the duo to ensure that Abia North produces the governor of the state come 2023.

Making this known on Saturday, National Co-Ordinator, Hon. Barr. James Kwubiri Okpara, said from the weight of the recent allegations and the strategic status of Senator Orji and his son, Rt Hon Chinedum Orji, “the group took time to reflect, consult and research on the strange development and discovered to its shock, disbelieve and consternation, the deliberate orchestration and manipulation of the main media (Radio, TV, and Newspapers) and Social media with fabricated, false, untrue and prejudicial comments all aimed at grabbing the Governorship of Abia in 2023 as the alleged figures are not only fabricated but the accounts are non—existent”.

According to him, ANUG frowns seriously at the media trial of the immediate past former governor and his son, describing it as “unacceptable to ANUG”, saying such a practice is “at variance with the rule of law and due process”.

He noted that “the whole essence of the orchestrated and coordinated media trial is to occasion public anger and hatred on them”.

According him, “while we declare our total commitment and acceptance of accountability in public offices by people who holds such offices, we say the public should be weary of certain elements who reside outside Abia State who are trying to destabilize the state by bribing and procuring young men and women to engage in violent mass protest without lawful authorization”, saying “such an act is wicked”.

“Our children are not canon fodders that can be wasted whilst yours are nowhere near Abia State or Nigeria, not to talk of participating in violent mass protest”, the ANUG Coordinator said.

“What we in ANUG believe in is that our laws presume the innocence of an accused person until pronounced guilty by a court of law with competent jurisdiction and our laws recognize that the accused person must be allowed to defend himself/herself. In this case, neither of the two individuals has even been charged to court not to talk of trial and conviction

“So, we are calling on everybody to allow the institutions established by law in cases relating to allegations of malfeasance by public officials to do their work.

“Organising trial by media on fabricated figures and none existent bank accounts and trying to use violent mass protest and rioting to compel and force elected public officers to resign their positions is uncivilized, barbaric and unknown to law and we reject them.

“The Constitution of Nigeria and other extant laws provide the means through which elected public officers can cease to hold office, we say lets follow that process”.

ANUG lambasted those who are spreading the false campaign that Abia North doesn’t have anyone rich enough to prosecute a gubernatorial contest.

The group insists that its quest is based on fairness, equity, justice, merit and competence.

“We are sounding it loud and clear now. The quest for a son or daughter of Abia North to be Governor of our state in 2023 is based on our unequivocal stand on fairness, justice, equity, merit and competence. It’s a fact that Abia North Senatorial Zone actively supported governorship going to Abia Central and South zones. When we were supporting these zones, nobody mentioned the fact that whether they had money or not, we were concerned with equity, justice and fairness.

“It is therefore annoying, insulting and disrespectful that some nouveau riche arriveste will have the effrontery and arrogance to brag that ‘Abia North does not have the money to be governor’. Who told you? Are you in our pockets? It’s  neither favour nor privilege for Abia North to get Governorship in 2023. It si right, which is over merited”, he said.

“ We are saying that the essence of the sponsored media attacks on Ochendo and Ikuku is to cause confusion and unrest in Abia polity and therefore scuttle power returning to Abia North in 2023. They have failed and will continue to fail.

“On our part, we have called on everybody and we still use this medium to call on all our parents and guardians in Abia North Senatorial Zone to enjoin and advise our sons and daughters not to participate in any unlawful gathering or protest. They should nnot join anyone to subvert, undermine or short circuit Abia North’s chance. Whatever they offer them today is Greek gift”, Okpara said.


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