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Governors worried over Abia governorship tussle

11 July 2016, 17:53

Abia - The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) has expressed concern over the current governorship logjam in Abia State, Sun reports.

The chairman of the forum and Zamfara State Gover­nor, Abdulaziz Yari, said the 36 state governors are working behind the scene to ensure there is no break­down of law and order in the state.

Yari said it is of paramount importance that all sides claiming victory over the governorship con­test respect the courts and avoid acts that will lead to violence.

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, News24 reported.

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 had earlier declared that it would not set aside its previous judgement sacking Okezie Ikpeazu as the governor of Abia state over tax offences.

- News 24


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