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Appeal Court To Decide Ikpeazu’s Fate, Thursday August, 18th



The Abuja division of the Appeal Court will tomorrow,
18th August 2016 rule on the appeal filed by Abia
State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, against the ruling of Justice Okon Abang in the tax suit instituted by
Uche Ogah.
A five-man panel of Justices of the apex court led by
Justice Morenike Ogunwumiju, had adjourned the
matter for judgment on the 9th of August after it heard six separate appeals that arose from the
verdict of the Federal High Court in Abuja that removed Ikpeazu.

Trial Justice Okon Abang had on
June 27, ordered Ikpeazu to immediately vacate the
governorship seat, even as he directed the
Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to
issue fresh Certificate of Return to Mr. Sampson
Ogah who came second in the gubernatorial primary
election the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,
conducted in Abia State on December 8, 2014.
Arguing his appeal, Ikpeazu, through his team of
lawyers led by Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN, insisted
that Justice Abang acted beyond his powers and
misdirected himself in law. According to the him,
“The trial judge erred in law when he ordered as a
consequential order that the appellant vacates his
office as the Governor of Abia state immediately
when there was no jurisdiction in the Federal High
Court to remove, vacate the occupier of the office of
the governor of a state or order the removal of such
officer after the unsuccessful challenge of the result
of the election at the Tribunal and swearing in of the
appellant as the governor.” He contended that the
only power, authority and order exercisable by the
trial court was to disqualify a candidate from
contesting election based on section 31(6) of the
Electoral Act 2010. Ikpeazu faulted Justice Abang for
arriving at the conclusion that he did not pay his tax
for the years 2011, 2012 and 2013, as at when due.
The judgement is expected to be delivered at 10am.

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