Friday, 12 May 2017

Okezie Ikpeazu wins at Supreme Court and Dedicates Victory to Abians

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State
The Supreme Court, Friday morning, affirmed Okezie Ikpeazu as the Governor of Abia State.
The case was filed by Uche Ogah who had accused Ikpeazu of allegedly submitting false tax information to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).Ikpeazu defeated Ogah in the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, primaries ahead of the 2015 gubernatorial election in the state.

Justice Okon Abang of a Federal High Court in Abuja had on June 27, 2016 sacked Ikpeazu from office as governor of Abia State, after the court found him guilty of tax offences.
But in another judgement in August, 2016, the Court of Appeal affirmed the election of Ikpeazu and quashed the judgment of Justice Abang. The Court of Appeal described the ruling by Justice Abang as a rape of democracy, and ordered Ikpeazu to retain his office.

Subsequently, Ogah approached the Supreme Court where he prayed that the High Court judgement should be upheld. In a judgement by the apex court, it faulted the judgement of the High Court, even as it awarded the sum of N250,000 against Ogah.

Two out of the three-man panel of the Supreme Court struck out the appeal, thereby affirming the judgment of the appeal court. Mr Oga’s appeal was dismissed for lacking merit.
The Chief Justice of Nigeria described the case as a storm in a teacup, which shouldn’t have been entertained in the first case.

Meanwhile, in a reaction, Governor Ikpeazu, has dedicated his victory to the people of Abia state, who he said stood by him all through the period of litigations.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Enyinnaya Appolos, Governor Ikpeazu stated that the victory is a re-affirmation of the mandate given to him by the people, and now twice confirmed by the Supreme Court.

He stressed that only God will take glory for the victory, and commended the judiciary for standing firm on the side of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Governor Ikpeazu wishes to call on all Abians to join hands with him to ensure accelerated growth and development of the state.

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