My Opponent’s Petition against Me was Frivolous – Ayika

. . . Dedicates Victory to Constituents, Family

The House of Representatives member representing Anaocha, Njikoka, Dunukofia Federal Constituency on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Hon Barr Val Ayika, says the petition against his electoral victory on February 23 by one of his opponents, Hon Dozie Nwankwo, is frivolous, wicked and needless.

Ayika who spoke with Fides in Awka following the September 5th tribunal judgement in his favour, said the petition had only succeeded in wasting his time and blamed the lawyers of his opponent for not advising their client well, given that the nation’s apex court had already decided on such a case in the past.

It will be recalled that Ayika had defeated his major opponent, Hon Dozie Nwankwo, an incumbent then, of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, by over 6000 votes margin in an election conducted in February this year. But his opponent had challenged Ayika’s victory majorly on the grounds of invalid nomination in the primaries of PDP.

But Ayika has expressed surprise that one who was not a member of a party should be prying into the internal affairs of that party, even when there was no basis for that, given that the Supreme Court had already decided on such a matter.

‘I consider the decision to challenge my victory at the tribunal as not only frivolous, but time wasting, academic, wicked and needless and I blame my opponent’s lawyers made up of experienced people, for not advising him well,’ Ayika stated, even as he commended his opponent for taking recourse to the law.

The former State assembly member that represented Njikoka 1 State Constituency, said he was already in possession of the Certified True Copy of the judgement and was studying it while waiting to see if his opponent would appeal the judgement; even as he however noted that any reasonable and intelligent person would not consider appealing it based on an earlier Supreme Court judgement on such a matter.

He dedicated his tribunal victory to his constituents and, especially, his family, noting that they went through harrowing times both before, during and after the election.

‘The judgement has reconfirmed the love my constituents and party have for me. I dedicate my victory to them and my family. My family suffered and my wife had many lonely nights; not knowing what was happening to me. My children were with me and my first son stood by me all through the election night,’ Ayika stated, thanking God for his favours and asking for more if his opponent decided to appeal the judgement.

He said although he could not belong to the committees he would have preferred because of the exigencies at that time, it would not stop him from performing well.

On the recent judgement of the Court of Appeal on the last presidential poll, Ayika said it fell far below the expectations of Nigerians and reasoning minds, but maintained that the rule of law remained supreme.