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Abia: Court Reserves Ruling On Gov. Ikpeazu’s Appeal


By Ganiyu Nasirudeen

ABUJA, NIGERIA (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – A Court of Appeal, Abuja Division has reserved judgment on the appeal brought before it by Abia State Governor Okozie Ikpeazu.

The ongoing legal tussle started when on June 27, 2016 Justice Abang Okon of a Federal High court sitting in Abuja, sacked the Governor for filling invalid tax papers to Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), so as to partake in December 2014 Governorship primary of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The judge ordered Ikpeazu to vacate office and immediately issue a Certificate of Return to the Plaintiff and co-constant, Uche Ogah.

Confusion however ensued some days after the ruling, when INEC issued Ogah Return Certificate and the embattled Governor still laid claims to the office, hence the ongoing litigation in different on the matter.

Justice Okon had in the beginning declined ruling on the matter, contending that the suit was an abuse of law, as it is abnormal for anyone to imagine that he would reverse himself on the ruling.

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