Some South East elders under the umbrella of Ndigbo Bu-Otu Union,NBU, have called on the office of the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, to instruct the Chief Judge of Abia state to immediately install Dr. Uche Ogah as the new governor of the state.
The National President of Ndigbo Bu-Otu, Igwekala Ugomaduefule, in a statement pointed out that this was the first time in the political history of Nigeria that anyone would be occupying an elective office without a Certificate of Return from the electoral body.
They cited Section 71 of the Electoral Act that
“The Commission, INEC, is to issue a Certificate of Return within 7 days to a candidate who won an election as a proof of his/her win.
”But, in a case where a Court declares another candidate the successful candidate in an election, the Certificate of Return should be issued to the successful candidate within 48 hours.”
“The Chief Judge of the Federation should equally cooperate with the Attorney General of the Federation to ensure the Abia Chief Judge performs his constitutional responsibility unhindered by swearing-in Dr. Uche Ogah immediately.