THE ARRAIGNMENT OF PROF. STEVE UGBAH (ACN GOV. CANDIDATE, BENUE STATE) AND 14 OTHERS AT THE MAKURDI MAGISTRATE COURT 1, NORTH BANK, MAKURDI, BENUE STATE.
Today, in the wee hours of the day, our leader and Governorship candidate, Prof. Steve Ugbah and others were transferred from Force Headquarters, Abuja to Makurdi, Benue State and immediately charged to Magistrate Court No.1, North Bank, Makurdi for conspiracy, mischief and inciting disturbance in the State.
The arraignment of Prof. Ugbah and others is nothing but a political smokescreen to cover up the daylight stealing of the mandate of the Benue people by His Excellency, the Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswan and his cohorts. It is akin to armed robbers, running away from the scene of a crime and shooting sporadically to divert attention and cover up their tracks.
The defeated governorship candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in Benue State, Steve Ugbah, formally filed his petition Tuesday at the state election petition tribunal challenging the re-election of the incumbent Gabriel Suswam.
Accompanied by his running mate, Usman Abubakar, a team of lawyers and a throng of supporters, the ACN governorship candidate was received by the tribunal secretary, Mohammed Bello. At the head of the team of lawyers was a former attorney general of the state, Joe Abaagu.
Last October I picked up membership of the Action Congress of Nigeria, and with that move, started an important journey, along with fellow compatriots, to help renew our dreams and our country. It was a journey and a challenge to correct what we diagnosed to be wrong and ill about governance in our country.
I think I need not bore Your Excellency with details of the conduct and outcome of the just concluded governorship election in Imo state, since that is already well known to the President.
What I think I ought to restate is my commitment to ensuring a lasting legacy of peace and true democracy in Imo. I have already demonstrated this by quickly moving in to douse the political temperature in the state by accepting the result of the election as it is and announcing that I will not go to court.