I am still in charge – Abia Governor insists – Okezie Ikpeazu

The embattled Governor of Abia
state, Okezie Ikpeazu has insisted
that he is still in charge of the
state.
This is following reports that the
Independent National Electoral Commission
(INEC) issued a certificate of return to Uche
Ogah » as the new Governor of the state.
Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High court
sitting in Abuja gave an order on June 27,
2016, sacking Ikpeazu as Governor.
The Governor was alleged to have given false
information to his party, the Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP) during the
governorship primaries in December 2014.
Ikpeazu, in a swift reaction, told Abia residents
that he would appeal the ruling, adding that
he is still the Governor. »
Reacting to Today’s report, he issued a
statement saying “I have received with
concern, report of the purported issuance of
Certificate of Return to Mr. Uche Ogah by the
Independent National Electoral Commission
(INEC), as governor of Abia State, despite
dependency of a notice of appeal and motion
for stay of the orders made by Justice Okon
Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
“Our laws are clear on this matter. No one may
be issued with a certificate of return let alone
be sworn in as governor, when there is a
subsisting appeal and application for stay.
“I want to appeal to Abians to remain calm and
law abiding in the face of this provocation,
unless and until the appellant courts have
conclusively resolve the appeal, the status
remains, I am still the Governor of Abia State.”

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According to the Governor’s Chief Press
Secretary, Enyinnaya Appolos, Ikpeazu has
filed an application for stay of execution at the
Court of Appeal in Abuja.

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