A Civil Society Group under the aegis of Abia Interest Group is calling for the arrest of Dr Uche Ogah over alleged treasonable felony to upturn a democratically elected governor.
The group, led by its Director General, Mr Eze Chikamnayo, said the arrest of Dr Ogah, who is the main challenger in the party primaries which produced the gubernatorial candidate for April 2015 governorship elections in the state, will serve as deterrent to any group or persons who intend to jeopardize the peace of the state.
The groups said there is need to ensure that Abia State does not become another flashpoint in yet another geopolitical zone of the country resulting from unnecessary controversies.
The Chief Justice of Nigeria, the Attorney General of the Federation and the acting Inspector General of Police have been asked to act swiftly and ensure that Mr Uche Ogah is sworn in as the Governor of Abia State.
Spokesman for the Uche Ogah Campaign Organisation, Mr Max Ozoaka, made the appeal while speaking to reporters on Sunday in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
He insisted that it was necessary to address the issue which had created an administrative and constitutional vacuum in Abia State.
The Chief Justice of Nigeria, the Attorney-General of the Federation and the Acting Inspector General of Police have been asked to act swiftly and ensure that the declared Governor of Abia State is sworn in.
The spokesman of Uche Ogah Campaign Organisation, Max Ozoaka made this appeal when speaking with journalists in Abuja.
He said this step is necessary to check the administrative and constitution vacuum created in Abia State.
The commission, however, said that the documents it received did not contain a stay-of-execution order to stop the issuance of a Certificate of Return to Mr Sampson Ogah as the next Governor of Abia State.
The electoral body had on Thursday issued a Certificate of Return to Mr Ogah in line with the directives of a Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has admitted receiving a notice of appeal from the Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu.
The commission, however, said that the documents it received did not contain a stay-of-execution order, to stop the issuance of a certificate of return to Sampson Ogah as the next governor of the state.
The electoral body had on Thursday issued a certificate of return to Mr. Ogah as directed by a federal high court in Abuja on Monday.
Justice Abang Okon had ruled that Mr. Ikpeazu submitted fraudulent tax documents when he filed papers to run for governorship ticket on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Mr. Ogah was Mr Ikpeazu’s main challenger in the gubernatorial primaries conducted in December 2014, and had asked the court to nullify Mr. Ikpeazu’s candidacy on the basis of the tax default.
Mr Ikpeazu says he has appealed the ruling, and that he remains Governor.
On Thursday, INEC said it issued a certificate of return to Mr Ogah because it had not been served Mr. Ikpeazu’s notice of appeal.
The electoral body through its spokesman Nick Dazang, on Friday however explained that Mr Ikpeazu’s failure to provide a stay-of-execution order left the commission with no choice than to issue the certificate of return to Mr Ogah.
The High Court sitting in Osisioma Ngwa Judicial Division has given an order of injunction restraining the electoral umpire, or the Chief Judge of the state or any other judge from swearing-in Samson Ogah as Abia Governor.
This comes as the state government has called for calm, insisting that Mr. Okezie Ikpeazu remains the Governor of Abia State.
In a statement, Governor Ikpeazu expressed concern over the action of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in issuing a certificate of return to Mr. Ogah as governor of Abia State, despite a notice of appeal and motion for stay of the orders made by Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
The statement adds: “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.”
INEC’s Director of Publicity, Oluwole Osaze-Uzi, said this followed an order by the Abuja Federal High Court mandating INEC to immediately issue Certificate of Return to Mr Ogah, who came second at the last Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primaries in Abia State.