By Chukwudi Ikpe
A renowned legal practitioner and chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Mike Ahamba (SAN) has blasted the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole over his recent comments on PDP’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
In an exclusive interview with Christian Voice last weekend in Owerri, Chief Ahamba flayed Oshiomhole for his inconsistency in handling sensitive political issues.
Reacting to Oshiomhole’s statement that Atiku is not destined to be Nigeria’s President, the legal icon, who was Buhari’s lawyer in 2003 election petition, said, ‘such statement coming from Oshiomhole did not surprise me at all’. Let Oshiomhole note that the electoral process begins with registration of voters and ends with election petitions where necessary, a process of which Oshiomhole was a beneficiary in 2007. Who knows, Atiku may have the same benefit which he had”.
Chief Ahamba went ahead to slam Oshiomhole saying, “Any system which throws up verbal thugs like Adams Oshiomole as National Chairman of a major political party is a faulty system”. According to him Nigeria does not need verbal thugs. We need sanity at all levels of government, he added.
On the just concluded presidential election, he acknowledged that the exercise was substantially normal in the South East and South South areas but regretted that reports from all sides of the election in the North indicated that it was not normal.
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria condemned the use of armed security men in elections.
“Every deployment of policemen and soldiers for election duties by those in authority is wrong. It created an inalienable illegality in the entire process”, he said.
Ahamba further explained that “in the electoral act, undue influence is recognized as an electoral offence. Speaking as a layer, I believe that allowing soldiers and policemen to be used in the conduct of election is undoubtedly an act of undue influence in the extreme and absolute term”.
On the presidential election result, Chief Ahamba said, “the PDP which I belong to has rejected the results and I believe there is reasonable ground for doing so. This is because deployment of armed security officers is not captured by any part of the electoral act and this has or should have a voiding effect on the election”.