Earlier today, INEC issued a certificate of return to a member of PDP,
Uche Ogah, following an order by the Abuja Federal High Court on Monday
June 27th, mandating the electoral body to immediately issue Certificate
of Return to Ogah who came second at the PDP primaries in the state in
2014. The state governor, Okezie Ikpeazu has released a statement
reacting to the development, According to him, he remains the Governor
of the state since he has filed an appeal against the ruling.
Read his statement below
I have received with concern, report of the purported issuance of
Certificate of Return to Mr. Uche Ogah by the Independent National
Electoral Commission (INEC), as governor of Abia State, despite
dependency of a notice of appeal and motion for stay of the orders made
by Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
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.
I want to appeal to Abians to remain calm and law abiding in the face of
this provocation, unless and until the appellant courts have
conclusively resolve the appeal, the status remains, I am still the
Governor of Abia State.
Dr Okezie Ikpeazu
Governor, Abia State