A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja Monday ordered Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu, to vacate office immediately. The order was predicated on the fact that Ikpeazu submitted false information to his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the party’s governorship primary in December 2014.
In his judgment, Justice Okon Abang ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to immediately issue a certificate of return to the plaintiff, Uche Ogah, who polled the second highest number of votes in the primary.
But Governor Ikpeazu has called on Abians not to panic, but remain clam over the judgment of Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja, delivered today in favor of Mr. Uche Oga against him, in the case of alleged falsification of tax receipts.
Governor Ikpeazu, who said that he has faith in the judiciary and rule oflaw, added that he will appeal the ruling as he has instructed his lawyers to file an appeal immediately against the said judgment.
A statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary, Enyinnaya Appolos said “the Governor noted as an appointee of the Abia State Government from 2011 to 2014, when he served as the General Manager, Abia State Passengers Integrated Manifest and Safety Scheme (ASPIMSS), and first Deputy General Manager, Abia State Environmental Protection Agency (ASEPA) Aba and Environs respectively, before his resignation in October 2014 to contest the Governorship election in the state, that within the period his taxes were deducted at source, and when he had need of his tax clearance in 2014, he applied to the Abia State Board of Internal Revenue, and was duly issued with his tax receipts for the period in question.
He maintains that he remains the Governor of the state according to law and will await the final determination of the matter by the appellate courts”.