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