Abuja - The South East Revival Group (SERG) has urged the embattled Abia State governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, to relinquish the post as a mark of respect for the rule of law.
The pressure group said he had failed to secure a stay of execution of the ruling of Justice Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja at the weekend.
SERG also called on the Inspector General of Police, the Director of the Department of State Services and the law enforcement agencies to ensure the Abia State Governor-elect, Dr Uche Sampson Ogah is sworn in as ordered by the courts.
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Ogah, Ikpeazu’s running mate ahead of the 2015 polls, has been issued the Certificate of Return by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
SERG National Secretary, Mazi Luis Obioha, bemoaned the ongoing power vacuum.
"We are concerned that Abia State has no governor at the moment because Okezie Ikpeazu’s Certificate of Return, which is the basis for which he was sworn in as the state governor has been withdrawn by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and a new one issued to the Governor-elect, Uche Ogah.”
Obioha said by issuing a Certificate of Return to Ogah, INEC had withdrawn Ikpeazu's and he could not legally hold office after failing to obtain a stay of execution order from Abuja Federal High Court.
“We therefore call on the Inspector General of Police, the Director of the Department of State Services and all the law enforcement agencies to ensure that the Abia State Governor-elect, Dr. Uche Sampson Ogah is sworn in as ordered by the Abuja Federal High Court.”
A former governorship aspirant, Friday Nwosu, recently filed a suit challenging the nomination of Ikpeazu as candidate of the People’s Democratic Party during the party’s primaries in December 2014.
He contended that the tax documents presented by the governor were forged.
The PDP and another aspirant, Uche Ogah, were listed as defendants in the suit.
Courts are divided over the legitimacy of Ikpeazu.
- CAJ News