Ahead of the May 12, 2017, Supreme Court judgement over the tussle for the Abia State governorship seat, the State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has warned that his administration might be compelled to pursue legal actions against persons publishing and spreading falsehood and lies to undermine the government and functionaries of the state.
Ikpeazu, in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Enyinnaya Appolos, added that he is firmly focused on delivering dividends of democracy to the people of Abia State and will not be drawn into a media war with the miscreants and their sponsors.
The governor who expressed confidence that all negative efforts at spreading false information about his government will fail, said he believes that the learned judges of the Supreme Court handling the matter will dispense justice based on facts presented and the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The statement read in part “Our attention has been drawn to several malicious publications, outright lies and propaganda being churned out against Governor Okezie Ikpeazu and Abia State Government by desperate politicians and their hirelings using mainstream and social media platforms.
“As May 12th 2017, fixed for Supreme Court judgement in the Uche Ogah versus Governor Ikpeazu matter approaches, we fully expect further spikes in such malicious publications aimed at discrediting the Governor and his government.
“We wish to urge Abians and the general public to continue to ignore and disregard the well-funded campaign of calumny aimed at convincing the court that illegally removing the incumbent will serve public good.
“In the past, the same gang of desperadoes had gone as far as manufacturing fictitious documents purporting same to be evidence of oath taking by the Governor. They also repeatedly shared false and misleading stories and even imported bad roads pictures from other locations and shared as images from Abia.
“All their negative efforts failed in the past and this also will surely fail.
“The government of Dr Okezie Ikpeazu is firmly focused on delivering dividends of democracy to the people of Abia State and will not be drawn into a media war with the miscreants and their sponsors. Rather we continue to count on the ability of our people to sieve through the lies and remain steadfast with the task of collectively building a greater Abia for our children and generations yet unborn.
“We also wish to use this opportunity to warn that the government might be compelled to pursue legal actions against those publishing and spreading falsehood and lies to undermine the government and its functionaries.
“The issues before the Supreme Court have been litigated on points of law and we firmly believe that the learned judges of the Supreme Court handling the matter will dispense justice based on facts presented and the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“We therefore wish to urge all law abiding citizens and residents of Abia state to go about their normal duties and await the final victory of the people against the desperate cabal seeking to reverse the great gains we have made collectively in the past 20 months, as Governor Ikpeazu is not perturbed about their lies and propaganda.”
29 March, 2017