Senator Annie Okonkwo has faulted Wednesday’s Federal High Court judgment which proclaimed Obiora Okonkwo as the Anambra Central Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the 2015 election as replacement for Seantor Uche Ekwunife.
On account of the judgment, Obiora Okonkwo has written to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) requesting for a certificate of return.
But yesterday, Senator Okonkwo, who previously represented the district in a statement, said he is “completely shocked by this latest curious judicial harvest to a litigant from the shadows, who plied fables as facts and gained concurrence from a respected high court veteran of Justice John Tsoho’s admirable pedigree.
“It is sometimes fitfully amazing how our hallowed judicial temples can be deliberately misled, perhaps inadvertently, to contrive somersaults of superior court verdicts on a settled matter.
“Let it be recalled and I say this with responsibility from the records, that on this vexed matter of who was and still is, the validly nominated PDP candidate for Anambra Senatorial zone for the 2015 general elections, Sen. Annie Okonkwo was the one by law and legitimate party processes.
“I graciously emerged the duly nominated candidate of the party from the INEC recognised and approved primary. The party hierarchy validated my candidature by submission to INEC, who accepted and published my name to canvass and win the votes for the PDP.
“The PDP won that election but crowned the wrong Laurette, and the sequence of comedies ensued.
“Let me make it simpler and clearer that you cannot build something on nothing. There were two parallel PDP primaries for that election. Mine was recognised, accepted and adopted by party and law. The other was not, but connived to ambush my victory until pronounced dead for illegitimacy by a far superior court of records.
In that instance, every foundation from that platform that has fallen by conclusive judicial sword, cannot stand however remotely and cleverly manufactured.
“The most reasonable expectations from our people since then, has been that common sense and fairness should prevail, and the senatorial victory as wrought in the other two districts of my state by PDP be returned to me given the enormous sacrifices and strings of litigation wins.
“I’m persuaded and expectant too as my people, that for the content of that judgment as reported to wear the apparel of true justice, it must admit to a simple name correction as the victor, which should read Senator Annie Okonkwo, not the mimic it has currently.
“Advisedly, no claimant as this case presently suggests, should emerge from the ruins of a pronounced wreckage to wave a resurrection judgement without recourse to documented facts of record and precedence.
“It has remained my firm belief and prayers that the bizarre circumstances and perfidy that has denied Anambra Central zone, one of the most sophisticated and cultured constituency in this country, a voice in our highest legislative chamber for reasons of inordinate conspiracies to deny them their expressed preference will one day soon come to be.”