Abia Governorship Tussle: Supporters Demand Ogah’s Swearing In

Uche Ogah, AbiaThe 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.

Ozoaka’s appeal follows the declaration by Mr Okezie Ikpeazu that he remains the Governor of the state.

He maintained that the constitution gave him the right to appeal the issuance of a certificate of return to Mr Ogah by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Although the INEC admitted receiving a notice of appeal from Mr Okezie, it 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 Uche 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.

Ikpeazu Insists He Remains Abia State Governor

okezie ikpeazu, AbiaThe embattled Governor of Abia State, Mr Okezie Ikpeazu, on Friday says he remains the legitimate governor of the state.

Speaking at the Government House in Umuahia, the Abia State’s capital in southwest Nigeria, the Governor called for calm and support from all residents in the state.

He said that the constitution gave him the right to appeal the case and expressed surprise at what he describes at INEC’s rush to issue a certificate of return to Mr Uche Ogah.

Mr Ikpeazu also expressed confidence that the judiciary would do the needful.

He dismissed the rumors that the Federal Government had a hand in the case.

Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) admitted receiving a notice of appeal from Mr Okezie.

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.

 

Abia Governorship: INEC Confirms Receiving Ikpeazu’s Appeal

INEC, Abia, IkpeazuThe 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.