The administrator of Abia State’s Local Independent Court, Magistrate Nnaemeka Orji, failed to deliver a decision in court yesterday because he was threatened by an alleged cultist.
The court was tasked with condemning the election motion brought to the Ohafia Council by the APC All Progressive Congress candidate, chairman Kalu Mba Nwoke, in the December 2020 council election.
Candidate from the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Dr. Ukaiwe Okoroafor, was declared the winner of the election by the independent election commission of ABSIEC State of Abia. However, Nwoke claimed he won the election and moved to court to regain his mandate.
But when the parties and their supporters gathered on Thursday to read out the court ruling, the process took a dramatic turn when, instead of reading out the verdict, the court president began reading out threatening letters allegedly sent to him by a cult group.
Judge Orji also said he was accused of receiving N25 million in incentives from the APC and he would not pursue the case. He announced his retirement from the subject.
The threatening letter, which was not dated or signed, contained the symbols of the cult group and was addressed to Judge Nnaemeka Orji he was warned that he would risk the “wrath of His Majesty Ricasia” if he imposed what would be considered “injustice” by the group making the threat.
“We will not hesitate to beat you and your family members physically and mentally if you choose to seek unjust justice,” the group said after retiring, Judge Orji said he would return the matter to the state’s chief judge for reappointment.
With this development, Orji is no longer a member of the committee, which is also listening to other petitions from the LG chairman candidate on the APC platforms in the Bende, Umuneochi, and Isuquuato regions.
However, the applicant, Mba Nwoke, has pledged to continue his efforts to regain his mandate, stressing that allegations of bribery by the PDP are reckless and disturbing.
The plaintiff’s attorney, Mr. Perfect Okorie, described the reverse of the matter that had been set for sentencing as a delaying tactic that would not prevent his client from getting justice.
“We know we have a strong argument. The expected judgment will finally be spoken and justice will prevail.”