Andy Uba: I did not borrow from Arthur Eze to finance my election

Senator Andy Uba has branded a false report that he borrowed N50 million from businessman Arthur Eze to pursue his senatorial ambition in 2015.

In a statement, which he personally signed, the All Progressive Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate in last year’s election said he had not borrowed from Eze or anyone else.

“My attention has been drawn to the defamatory, libelous and abusive publications in the print and electronic media, as well as social media platforms of malicious lies and allegations arising from the execution of the judgment of the High Court of the Anambra State in Case No: AG/94/2016, through the Bailiffs of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory Abuja on 23/8/2022.

“It is fundamentally imperative to state unequivocally in clear and categorical terms the true factual position, thus: A. For the avoidance of doubt, I have never borrowed N50,000,000 (fifty million naira only) from Prince Arthur Eze , we both only attended one church service at St. James Uga Anglican Church, Aguata LGA, Anambra State during my senatorial campaign in preparation for the 2015 general election.

“B. During the said church service, Prince Arthur Eze donated 50,000,000 naira (fifty million naira only) to support my senatorial political campaign on the altar and the whole congregation was overwhelmed with joy and happiness which prompted the officiating priest to extend a warm handshake of gratitude and appreciation for his kind gesture and I also sent a letter of appreciation dated 2/22/2015 to Prince Arthur Eze.

“C. I was dumbfounded, surprised and flabbergasted to learn that my close friend and brother, had through his company Oranto Petroleum Limited through which said check for N50,000,000 (fifty million Naira only) had filed a lawsuit a year later in the High Court of Anambra State, Aguata Division sitting in ekwulobia in Case No: AG/94/2016, through what they called (list not defended) Procedure or request for cash or summary judgment procedure The relevant question on the lips of many people would be: do people go to the rooftops to congratulate or thank others for granting them How many people have you seen who got a loan facility from a bank or an individual and went to church praising the creditor for giving them such a loan facility which would only be reimbursed?

“D. I promptly engaged my attorneys who filed my defense on the merits denying the allegations that said money was a loan but a gift of free will, unfortunately despite our obvious defense and issues having been attached, the court of trial refused and did not grant us a fair hearing by having the case heard in a full trial where witnesses will be called and evidence presented, but proceeding with the hearing of the case according to the procedure (undefended list) or summary judgment proceedings, i.e. hearing the case solely on the allegations and documents filed by the plaintiff (Oranto Petroleum Limited) without contradiction whatsoever. court moved forward to award all remedies and rendered a judgment in favor of the plaintiff on 06/03/2017.

“E. In exercising my constitutional right, I appealed to the Enugu Court of Appeal Division, resulting in Senator Andy Andy -Vs- Oranto Petroleum Limited, Appeal Number: CA/ E/197/2017, challenging the said decision of the Anambra State High Court, among others, on the grounds that the said money was a voluntary donation and not a loan as well as challenging that the hearing of the case on the undefended list without my contribution amounts to a violation of my fundamental right to a fair trial guaranteed by Article 36 of the constitution of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), which resulted in a miscarriage of justice.

“F. Further to the foregoing, the parties have filed and exchanged their respective briefs and the appeal has been set for hearing on February 26, 2019. However, there was intervention from certain Anambra stakeholders and I was approached by Prince Austin Ndigwe (Uzu -Awka) who is a mutual friend of myself and Prince Arthur Eze for an out of court settlement of the matter.

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