…Ap­peal Court to hear Ik­peazu’s ap­peal over Abia’s gov’ship tus­sle

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By John Chuks Azu

The Ap­peal Court in Abuja will to­day be­gin hear­ing in the ap­peal by Gov­er­nor Okezie Ik­peazu, chal­leng­ing his re­moval from of­fice by a Fed­eral High Court in Abuja.

The ap­peal was fixed for hear­ing, af­ter the coun­sels to Ik­peazu and the PDP, Wole Ola­nipekun, Kanu Agabi, Ade­moyega Awom­olo, and Onyechi Ik­peazu, all Se­nior Ad­vo­cates of Nige­ria (SAN), on June 28 filed the no­tice of ap­peal.

Jus­tice Okon Abang had on June 27 or­dered Ik­peazu to va­cate of­fice for in­clud­ing false tax cer­tifi­cate in­for­ma­tion in his INEC Form for the De­cem­ber 8, 2014 pri­mary of the PDP.

The judge had or­dered INEC to is­sue fresh Cer­tifi­cate of Re­turn to Uchechukwu Ogah, who came sec­ond in the pri­mary.

INEC com­plied with the or­der by is­su­ing the cer­tifi­cate to Ogah on June 30. But an in­junc­tion from an Abia High Court, in Osi­sioma, stopped the Chief Judge of the State or any judge from swear­ing in Ogah.

How­ever, fol­low­ing an ap­pli­ca­tion for stay of ex­e­cu­tion of the or­der, Jus­tice Abang on July 8 ruled that it will be in the in­ter­est of jus­tice to stay the court’s en­rolled or­der, pend­ing the de­ter­mi­na­tion of the ap­peal at the Ap­peal Court.

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