Abuja - The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has asked Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to retain his seat pending the time the court will hear his appeal challenging the judgment of a Federal High Court which removed him from office, Thisday reports.
Justice Morenikeji Ogunwumiju who presided over a five-member panel of judges said the parties in the matter must "remain as they were" before the case got to court.
However, she said the ruling did not mean a stay-of-execution order.
A Federal High Court had on June 27 nullified Ikpeazu’s election after holding that he submitted false information regarding his tax clearance certificate.
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have approached the Supreme Court, asking it to set aside the verdict of the Court of Appeal which voided Ikpeazu’s election as governor of the state according to News24.
The issuance of a Certificate of Return to Uchechukwu Ogah by the Independent National Electoral Commission in Abuja has complicated the dispute over the governorship seat of Abia State.
Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja, had ordered the removal of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu and ordered INEC to issue a Certificate of Return to Ogah, who was the first runner-up in the state governorship primary of the Peoples Democratic Party.
Justice Abang had ordered the removal of Ikpeazu after finding him guilty of not presenting relevant tax certificates along with his forms submitted to INEC.
- News 24