Dr Okezie Ikpeazu,

Dr Okezie Ikpeazu,

Mr Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, has advised parties involved in the Abia governorship crisis to await the decision of the court before taking any action.

This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Salisu Isah, the Chief Press Secretary to the Minister on Sunday in Abuja.

In the statement, Isah said that as far as the minister was concerned, the constitutional powers for the legal opinion of his office had not been sought on the issue.

Isah said that so far, nobody had approached the minister to proffer any legal opinion on the matter.

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“As a strong believer in the rule of law, it is my belief that the law should naturally take its cause; the attorney-general will not be dragged into this controversy at this point.

“The parties involved should await the decision of the courts.

“The attention of the attorney-general has been drawn to the insinuations and crass lies being peddled by a cross-section of Nigerians and various media platforms alleging his involvement in the legal logjam in the state.

“He wishes to clarify that those canvassing this position have no basis to do so. Of particular concern are those who have peddled ill-natured rumours with a view to misinform our discerning populace.

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“They want to misinform them that it was the minister, and by extension, the Federal Government that gave directives to INEC to issue Certificate of Return to Dr Uchechukwu Ogah declaring him governor-elect.

“The attorney-general has definitely not taken any action either by spoken words or body language as far as this Abia governorship crisis is concerned.’’

The chief press secretary to the minister maintained that the rumours were not true and were only the figment of the imagination of those peddling them.