The traditional ruler of Awka-Etiti in Anambra State, Igwe Chuma Ojukwu has vowed to invoke the spirits of the gods of the land to clear the way for President Muhammadu Buhari’s reelection bid.
Ojukwu who made the public declaration yesterday during a press conference at Awka-Etiti, noted it was to reciprocate President Buhari’s intervention for his recent release from Port Harcourt prison after nearly a year in incarceration.
He expressed gratitude to Buhari for facilitating his freedom, and declared, “by the power bestowed on me as a traditional ruler, I pronounce with Awka-Etiti kingdom’s 320 years ancient power of authority (Ofo) that Mr President, Buhari must be alive to complete his tenure till 2023”.
Ojukwu, however, said he was charged before a Rivers State Magistrate Court sitting in Port Harcourt in suit No PMC/295c/2013 on a three count charge for allegedly obtaining some goods under false pretense among other issues.
He said the offence, according to the charge was punishable under Section 419 of the Criminal Code, Cap 37, Law of Rivers State of Nigeria, 1999.
He said that he was however discharged on two counts but was found guilty on one of the counts, which he said he appealed to a higher court of law.
“I have now appealed to High Court through notice of appeal filed and served on December 5, 2017 based on my conviction and sentence on count three charge.
“I prayed the High Court in the notice of appeal for an order of the High Court setting aside the verdict of guilt with respect to the third count of the charge against me.
“An order of the High Court dismissing the charge of defamation of character against me and discharge and acquit me with respect to that count three charge,” he stated.