Barr. Monday Ubani has dispelled the rumour being spread across the social media over the authenticity of the Certificate of Return issued to Dr. Uche Ogah by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
Some online media platforms and bloggers had in several reports on Friday quoted an unnamed INEC source as saying that the Certificate of Return issued by INEC to Ogah was fake.
In compliance to a Federal High Court order which sacked Okezie Ikpeazu as Governor of Abia State, INEC had swiftly issued a Certificate of Return to Ogah.
Reacting to the current online reports that Ogah’s Certificate of Return was fake, Ubani who is the legal adviser to Ogah said there was no element of truth in the rumour.
He said: “Fake news peddled across social media by Dr. Okezie’s camp has it that the Certificate of Return issued to Dr. Uche Ogah, governor-elect of Abia State is invalid. They argued that gubernatorial election of 11th April, 2015 never took place in Abia State.
“It is laughable because INEC has disassociated itself from that fake news circulating in the social media as no hard core news media have carried the baseless rumour. INEC has threatened legal action against any media platform or individuals championing such malicious story without facts.
“The falsehood peddlers will have to produce that INEC source to prove their case; such baseless falsehood peddled on social media by the camp of Dr Okezie Ikpeazu makes a mockery of the group and their candidate,” he said.
Ubani insisted that Ogah remained the authentic bearer of the original INEC Certificate of Return as the one issued to Ikpeazu was deemed cancelled in law.
“It is advised that it is high time Dr Okezie Ikpeazu vacate the governorship seat honourably and stop the childish hiring of all manner of charlatans who are financially …Read More
Source:: PM Newspaper