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Otti Failed To Resign From APC – Witnesses Tell Abia Tribunal

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Two witnesses yesterday informed the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Umuahia that the Governor of Abia State, Alex Otti did not resign his membership of the All Progressives Congress (APC), before contesting the governorship on the platform of Labour Party. 

One of the witnesses, Friday Ugorji, who testified as PW2 in the governorship election petition filed by Chief Ikechi Emenike of the APC said that he is the Chairman of Ward 5, Isiala Ngwa South LGA and that Alex Otti is the number one in the ward’s party register of APC.

In his words;, ‘Alex Otti left APC without due process and did not submit any resignation letter.’

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The Director of Records, Documentation and Mobilisation of the party, Engr Alozie Macsolomo, spoke similarly.

He is PW3 and affirmed that Otti did not resign from APC as provided by the Electoral Act.

The witness referred the tribunal to paragraph 10 of his written deposition which he had earlier adopted in the witness box.

Meanwhile, the lead counsel to the petitioner, Tochukwu Maduka, SAN, has closed his case.

The tribunal adjourned to Tuesday, August 8, 2023, for the respondents to commence their defence.

In another report, the Government of Abia State has come out to react to the ex parte order from Abuja blocking the probing of the past administration of former Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, stressing that the court order would be challenged.

The Commissioner for Information and Culture, Okey Kanu, made the State Government’s position while briefing newsmen in Umuahia yesterday evening.

The commissioner, who berated the former governor for going to Abuja to obtain an injunction stopping the panel of inquiry set up by the state government, described the move as laughable.

The state government, rather, pointed out that Ikpeazu should have faced up and proved his innocence rather than seeking protection from an Abuja High Court.

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