‘REMAIN CALM AND STEADFAST, WE’LL APPEAL THIS TRAVESTY OF JUSTICE!’ – OBA’s Campaign Organisation
Akwa Ubok Abasi Campaign Organisation has called on it’s teeming members as well as supporters of Senator Bassey Albert Akpan, CON, to remain calm and steadfast over the Federal Court judgment, assuring that the case will be upturned on appeal.
A statement signed by the Chairman, Campaign Council, Sir Emem Akpabio, specifically said: “On Thursday, December 1st, 2022, Akwa Ibom State citizens nay all Nigerians witnessed judicial absurdity in its rarest form. They saw how justice was turned on its head, just to please the powers that be in the State.
“That Justice Agatha Okeke of the Federal High Court, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State could so decide to enter judgement against Senator Bassey Albert Akpan, in a suit where his innocence was glaringly obvious from day one that the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) instituted it; is absolutely a travesty of justice. We therefore reject and condemn it in it’s etireity. The dust it has stirred against the judiciary would only be redeemable by a reversal”.
It added that as a group of responsible persons fully guided by law, it has “resolved to follow up the outcome with philosophical calmness. Accordingly, we will take necessary steps to redress the kangaroo judgement through appeal and we are sure that the grievous wrong will be corrected”.
The body reminded the “supporters, admirers and the good people of Akwa Ibom State seeking to be freed from the current shackles of maladministration, servitude, poverty, impoverishment etc that this is just a temporary setback designed by God to test our faith and propel us to higher heights and freedom. There were the specific instances of Joseph in the Bible, who came from prison to become the Prime Minister of Egypt; Nelson Mandela; Kwame Nkrumah; Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, among others, came from prison to become the President of their respective Nations; even Theodore Orji emerged from prison to win his gubernatorial election as governor of Abia State. The tyrant may have his temporary victory, but the people and God’s will will always prevail at the end”.
The organisation stated that “the mission to redeem Akwa Ibom State from the decadent administration of Governor Udom Emmanuel remains unstoppable. In this regard, we make bold to declare publicly that Senator Bassey Albert Akpan, CON, remains the arrowhead of this movement, and we collectively and individually stand by him and remain irrevocably committed to this genuine cause. Akwa Ibom State MUST be free and freed from underdevelopment, want and lack being inflicted on the people”.
The statement also drew attention the “recent mine-blowing revelations on the financial mismanagement of Akwa Ibom State in the past 7 years as daily exposed online added with the 13 % Derivation Refunds by the Federal Government, have made it even more urgent for compatriots to rise and change the political narratives in Akwa Ibom State”.
“We call on all members of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) in Akwa Ibom State, supporters, friends, well-wishers and well-meaning citizens to remain calm as we know for sure that there is light at the end of the tunnel! From the ashes of this dark night will emerge a bright tomorrow”, it submitted