Abia Crisis Order court to swear in Ogah as Governor, ex- NBA chief tells Attorney-General

ln a bid to resolve the political
impasse in Abia State, a Lagos
lawyer, Mr Onyekachi Ubani, has
called on the Acting Inspector
General of Police, Mr Ibrahim
Idris, and the Attorney-General of
the Federation, Mr Abubakar
Malami, to set in motion the
swearing-in of Mr Uche Ogah as
governor.
Ubani, a former Chairman, Nigerian Bar
Association (NBA), Ikeja Branch, made the call
while briefing newsmen on Wednesday, July 6,
in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that
Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court,
Abuja had on June 27 sacked the state
governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, for failing to
pay his taxes as required by law.
In his judgment, Abang ordered the
Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) to
immediately issue a certificate of return to
Ogah as Governor-elect, a directive which INEC
had complied with.
Ubani noted that the suit was instituted by
Ogah in 2014 after the state’s Peoples
Democratic Party gubernatorial primaries to
challenge Ikpeazu’s eligibility.
According to him, election petitions tribunal’s
decisions are different from pre-election
matters and a party does not have to wait until
21 days to file an appeal.

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He said: “The order of the court was that INEC
should immediately issue a certificate of
return to Ogah and that he should be sworn-in
by the Chief Judge of Abia State.
“So, the order of the court must be obeyed
until it is upheld or reversed by a superior
court. Such an order cannot be arrested by a
court of coordinate jurisdiction.
“The law today is that Ogah has been issued
with the certificate of return.
“I am, therefore, calling on the AGF and the I-
G to ensure that Ogah is sworn-in since there
is no stay of execution from a superior court
or any other order contrary to that effect.”
Ubani said Nigerians must appreciate INEC for
immediately obeying the judgment after the
commission was served with an enrolled order
from the court.
“INEC was right for complying with the
judgment of the court. Let us begin to
appreciate government agencies when they
comply with orders of court.
“That is the way we can build a country we are
proud of,” he added.

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