Court of Appeal has reserved judgment in an appeal by Okezie Ikpeazu against the judgement of a Federal High Court, Abuja, which sacked him as governor of Abia State.
Dr. Okezie Victor Ikpeazu had filed an appeal against the Judgment of Justice Okon Abang in the case filed by Uche Ogah at the Appeal Court presided over by Hon. Justice Morenikeji Ogunwumiju where the hearing took place.
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It would be recalled that a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja had on the 27th of June ordered Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, to vacate office immediately for submitting false information to his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), for the party’s governorship primary in December 2014.
The presiding judge, Justice Okon Abang had ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to immediately issue a certificate of return to the plaintiff, Uche Ogah, who polled the second highest number of votes in the primaries.
Ogah had earlier filed the case against Ikpeazu accusing him of tax evasion, an offence which disqualifies him from holding an elective office.
The issue has generated so much controversies as the embattled governor insisted he remains the governor of Abia state according to law and will not step down for any one.
The governor then proceeded to the appellate court to challenge the ruling of the high court.
Since the political crisis broke out over one month ago, supporters of the government and political jobbers had almost on daily basis, mobilized groups on solidarity visit to Government House, Umuahia, where the Governor quickly relocated to in the heat of the crisis. Before then, he had operated from Aba since his swearing-in.
About two days ago, the Governor banned solidarity visits from his supporters. While thanking those who mobilized people for the various solidarity visits, Ikpeazu urged all Abians to please return to their usual daily pursuits and end further solidarity visits, saying that their sacrifices were well appreciated and promised to do more in return to develop the state.