A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered Abia state Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, to vacate office immediately for submitting false information to his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, for the party’s governorship primary in December 2014.
In the judgement delivered on Monday, Justice Okon Abang 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 after accusing him of tax evasion, an offence which disqualifies him from holding an elective office.
It would be recalled that Ikpeazu’s election was also nullified by the a Court of Appeal sitting in Owerri on December 31. 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 him as the rightful governor of the state.
The court ruled that Mr. Ikpeazu of the PDP won the lawfully cast votes in the April 11,and April 25 2105 supplementary elections in the state.
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