Justice Okon Abang of a Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday refused to hear Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu’s application for stay of execution of the June 27 judgment of the court removing him (Ikpeazu) as governor, Punch reports.
The judge instead directed Ikpeazu and Uche Ogah, who are both claiming to be the legitimate Governor of Abia State to go before the Court of Appeal for the resolution of the stalemate in the state.
He directed that Ikpeazu and Ogah, who was ordered to be issued fresh Certificate of Return in the June 27 judgment , should go to the Court of Appeal to argue the motion for stay of execution.
This he said was because the lawyers to the two of them (Ikpeazu and Ogah) had argued that he (the judge) no longer had jurisdiction to hear the motion.
A Federal High Court in Abuja last week according to News24 declared that it would not set aside its previous judgement sacking Okezie Ikpeazu as the governor of Abia state over tax offences, reports Daily Trust
Justice Okon Abang had on June 27 declared Ikpeazu unfit to occupy the Abia state governor’s office because he enrolled in the 2015 election which he won with a fake tax clearance according to News 24
The case had been filed by Uche Ogah, the first runner-up to Ikpeazu in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primary election before the gubernatorial election.
Justice Abang had ruled in favor of Ogah, ordering the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to immediately install him as the governor of the state.
- News 24