A Federal High Court sitting in Owerri, Imo State, has dismissed forgery charges against Okezie Ikpeazu, affirming him rightful Governor of Abia State.
According to The Punch, the court cleared Ikpeazu of forgery charges, stating that his tax documents were not forged as alleged.
One of the governorship aspirants in the December 2014 governorship primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Friday Nwosu, had file a tax forgery suit against Ikpeazu.
Nwosu prayed the court to declare him the party’s rightful candidate and governor of the state.
The ruling comes almost two weeks after a Federal High Court in Abuja, ordered Ikpeazu to vacate office for submitting false information to his party, the PDP for the governorship primaries.
The presiding judge, Justice Abang, also 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 primary.
Ikpeazu has, however, since appealed the ruling, reaffirming that he has no problems with his tax clearance forms, added that he has been an honest public servant and has never defaulted in paying his taxes
It would be recalled that governor Okezie Ikpeazu’s election was also nullified last December by the a Court of Appeal sitting in Owerri .
The court had ordered him to vacate his seat as the state governor and declared Alex Otti of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) as winner of the April 11 and April 25 supplementary elections in the state.
According to the court, the election was marred by irregularities and substantial noncompliance with the Electoral Act. The case was further dragged to the Supreme court which in February validated the election, upholding Okezie Ikpeazu as the rightful governor of the state.