Federal High court explains why it sacked Governor

Shedding light on the issue, Chief Registrar, Emmanuel Gakko, said Ikpeazu was sacked by Justice Abang after it was discovered that he submitted false tax information to INEC.

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The Abuja Federal High court has issued a statement explaining why the Abia Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu was sacked.

Justice Okon Abang in a ruling on June 27, 2016, ordered Ikpeazu to vacate office following revelations that he submitted false information to his party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the governorship primaries in December 2014.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), following the ruling, issued a certificate of return to Uche Ogah, recognising him as the Governor of Abia state.

The subsequent legal tussle and exchange of words which ensued, became a source of worry to some political observers.

Shedding light on the issue, Chief Registrar, Emmanuel Gakko, said Ikpeazu was sacked by Justice Abang after it was discovered that he submitted false tax information to INEC.

Gakko added that the Judge did not give any ruling on the tax document forgery, which he said was before Justice Ambrose Allagoa.

The Chief Registrar also said “The court further held that by the affidavit of the Abia State Director of Taxes testifying that the documents are genuine, the court held that there was presumption of genuineness of the assessment and the certificate and/or receipts issued to Dr. Ikpeazu.

“The court further held that the consequential reliefs have become unnecessary for the court’s consideration.

“It should be noted that the court did not make any consequential orders with regard to the position of the governor other than the allegation of forgery.”

Adding that “The court held that the information in Form CF001 as shown by him (Ikpeazu) in the affidavit accompanied with other documents to INEC are false and has nothing to do with forgery.

“The, court, therefore made consequential orders under the doctrine of ‘lis pendens,’ which disallows any transfer of rights or interest in any subject matter that is being litigated upon during the pendency of litigation in respect of the said subject-matter.

“The court, accordingly, declared Dr. Ogah as the winner of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primaries and should be issued with Certificate of Return accordingly.”

Festus Keyamo described the continued stay of Okezie Ikpeazu in office as illegal and constitutionally abnormal.

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