The government of Abia State has said that it will appeal the judgement of the Abuja High Court asking the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to cede the certificate of return issued to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, to his opponent.
The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Eyinnaya Appolos, told Channels Television on Monday afternoon in Umuahia, the state capital that the Governor has always been a government official and his tax has always been deducted from the source.
The CPS said that there is no need for Abians to panic and that Ikpeazu remains the Governor of the state.
The court had ruled that Mr Ikpeazu never qualified to run for the party primaries as a governorship candidate in the Peoples Democratic Party.
The judge ordered the Chief Judge of the state to swear in Uche Ogah, his opponent in the December 2014 governorship election in state as the substantive governor of Abia State.
Justice Abang ruled that on the account of fake tax returns during the primaries, Dr. Ikpeazu was never qualified to run in the primaries.
The Independent National Electoral Commission had in April 2015 declared Mr Ikpeazu, the winner of the Abia State governorship election.