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  •   Sen Obinna Ogba the factional governorship candidate of the People s Democratic Party PDP for 2023 polls in Ebonyi has expressed confidence that he will emerge victorious in the crisis rocking the party This is contained in statement issued in Abakaliki on Wednesday signed by Mr Godfrey Chikwere Special Assistant to Ogba on Media Ogba who hellip
    2023: Ogba, factional PDP guber candidate in Ebonyi,  confident on flying party’s flag
      Sen Obinna Ogba the factional governorship candidate of the People s Democratic Party PDP for 2023 polls in Ebonyi has expressed confidence that he will emerge victorious in the crisis rocking the party This is contained in statement issued in Abakaliki on Wednesday signed by Mr Godfrey Chikwere Special Assistant to Ogba on Media Ogba who hellip
    2023: Ogba, factional PDP guber candidate in Ebonyi,  confident on flying party’s flag
    General news1 week ago

    2023: Ogba, factional PDP guber candidate in Ebonyi,  confident on flying party’s flag

     Sen. Obinna Ogba, the factional governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for 2023 polls in Ebonyi has expressed confidence that he will emerge victorious in the crisis rocking the party.

    This is contained in statement issued in Abakaliki on Wednesday signed by Mr Godfrey Chikwere, Special Assistant to Ogba on Media.

    Ogba, who expressed confidence in securing victory at the court, praised the party and his supporters for their prayers.

    The statement noted that the Ogba was not relenting in his effort to serve Ebonyi people as their governor.

    “The current events ranging from primary election to judicial processes are no doubt a calculated political distraction.

    “Anybody that is conversant with Ogba’s political trajectory will understand that he has fought, worked and walked for any of his victories and political positions with God and the people as his key focus.

    “It is a matter of time the people of Ebonyi will be happy again. We, therefore, encourage all our followers to keep faith and hope alive because the victory is already in sight,“ the statement said.

    The statement noted that a three-man Court of Appeal panel. sitting in Enugu, had granted Ogba’s prayer to be joined in the judgment of the Federal High Court,  Abakaliki .

    “ Ogba appealed the said judgment immediately. That is our first step to legal gain and victory.

    “We assure you that everything politically and legally possible is on motion; our case is like that of Emordi and Prof. Chukwuma Soludo in Anambra

    “At the end of the day, the people, party and court will be on the same page,  the statement said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that a Federal High Court sitting in Abakaliki had earlier in the month nullified the primary elections conducted under the leadership of Chief Tochukwu Okorie.

    The election held between June 4 and June 5, produced Ogba as the PDP governorship candidate for 2023.

    The court upheld the primaries held between May 28 and May 29 were Dr Ifeanyochukwu Odii emerged as the governorhip candidate of the party.

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  •  A Federal High Court sitting in Abakaliki on Tuesday declared the controversial Ebonyi Cybercrimes Law No 12 of 2021 unconstitutional null void and of no effect The Court ruling followed a suit filed by one Mr Pascal Etu who had sued the governor of Ebonyi Chief Dave Umahi the state of House of Assembly the hellip
    Court annuls Ebonyi Cybercrime law, declares it unconstitutional
     A Federal High Court sitting in Abakaliki on Tuesday declared the controversial Ebonyi Cybercrimes Law No 12 of 2021 unconstitutional null void and of no effect The Court ruling followed a suit filed by one Mr Pascal Etu who had sued the governor of Ebonyi Chief Dave Umahi the state of House of Assembly the hellip
    Court annuls Ebonyi Cybercrime law, declares it unconstitutional
    General news2 months ago

    Court annuls Ebonyi Cybercrime law, declares it unconstitutional

    A Federal High Court sitting in Abakaliki, on Tuesday declared the controversial Ebonyi Cybercrimes Law No 12 of 2021 unconstitutional, null, void and of no effect.

    The Court ruling followed a suit filed by one Mr Pascal Etu, who had sued the governor of Ebonyi, Chief Dave Umahi, the state of House of Assembly, the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General, Commissioner of Police and others over the controversial law.

    The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Ebonyi government had in September 2021 enacted the controversial law in an equally controversial circumstances.

    Apart from the House of Assembly members, journalists were not present when the law was enacted even as there was no proof of the law going through public hearing before being passed.

    It was also quickly and secretly assented to by the governor.

    The public only became aware of the existence of the law when in October, a social critic, Mr Godfrey Chikwere, was arrested by the police for allegedly flouting some sections of the law.

    The police were about to charge him to court when he suddenly slumped and was rushed to the hospital.

    Meanwhile, earlier this year, Mr Etu was arrested for allegedly flouting the law, so also was the spokesperson of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Mr Chika Nwoba.

    The duo were remanded in custody of the Correctional Centre in Abakaliki by the state Magistrate Court pending the determination of the allegations against them.

    Nwoba was later granted bail by the court following outcry and condemnations that greeted his arrest.

    But, Etu still remained incarcerated till date with his matter suffering several adjournments.

    While the case against Mr Etu was on at the State High Court, he instituted the matter against the state government and four others at the federal high court in Abakaliki challenging the constitutionality of the law.

    In the suit, 62022, Etu through his lawyers, prayed the court to declare that the Ebonyi House of Assembly had no powers to make such laws.

    He also argued that the law was unconstitutional, null and void as it ran contrary to the Cybercrimes Act passed by the National Assembly in 2015.

    In his ruling, the presiding Judge, Justice Fatun Riman, granted all the prayers of the plaintiff.

    The judge while declaring the Ebonyi cybercrimes law 2021 unconstitutional, null and void, also issued an order of injunction restraining the state government from continuing to enforce the law.

    Riman held that the Ebonyi State House of Assembly had no constitutional powers to make such laws because the National Assembly had enacted the cybercrimes act in 2015 which was applicable in all states of the federation.

    The court also held that by virtue of cybercrimes being an item in the exclusive legislative list, only the National Assembly could enact laws on it.

    The court also set aside all steps, actions, proceedings howsoever, taken by the Ebonyi government in furtherance of or in the implementation of the said Ebonyi cybercrimes law 2021.

    Reacting, Etu’s Lawyer, Mr Mike Odoh, said that the court, through the judgement had reaffirmed the constitutional right to fair hearing and freedom of expression of every individual.

    He noted that people had the right to express themselves and push information to the general public within the ambit of the law.

    He expressed confidence that with the judgement, the State High Court would free his client at the next adjourned date for the matter.

    “The implication of the judgement is that the law abinitio never existed, no government institution or its privy can enforce the cybercrime law anywhere in the state.

    “The decision of the Ebonyi government or state House of Assembly to go and enact cybercrime law was totally unconstitutional.

    “Cybercrime is an item in the exclusive legislative list and only the federal government can enact laws on it,” Odoh said. (www.mammews.ng)

    (NAN)