Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


More pressure on Ikpeazu to quit as Abia premier

12 July 2016, 07:39

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.

Also read: Ikpeazu seizes to be Abia governor says Agbakoba

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Okezie Ikpeazu’s Certificate of Return, which is the basis for which he was sworn in as the state governor has been withdrawn by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and a new one issued to the Governor-elect, Uche Ogah.”

Obioha said by issuing a Certificate of Return to Ogah, INEC had withdrawn Ikpeazu's and he could not  legally hold office after failing to obtain a stay of execution order from Abuja Federal High Court.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


Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...