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Ikpeazu Abia Governor challenges Court of Appeal ruling

Nwokeukwu also assured resident of the state that the Governor was very much in charge.

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Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia. play

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia.

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Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state, through his counsel, Mr. Chibuike Nwokeukwu said he will head to the Supreme Court to challenge the Court of Appeal ruling annulling his election as Governor.

Nwokeukwu also assured resident of the state that the Governor was very much in charge.

Also speaking on the ruling, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Dr. Emmanuel Adaelu said “We feel very distressed, embarrassed, highly annoyed and we feel that the judgment was a total deprivation of our fundamental human rights particularly when we found out that the reason given for declaring the opponent of the PDP candidate was that the election results were cancelled in Obingwa, the home of the governor, Osisioma and Isiala Ngwa North local governments.”

Adaelu also said “To us, this is a rape of justice and it is unfair. We do not know why the judges we consider to hold the trust of the nation in relation to justice decided to give that kangaroo verdict. How can a court decide to cancel elections in three local governments of Ngwaland and the local government of Governor Ikpeazu?"

“That is to say that he did not vote for himself. We feel very distressed because of this disenfranchisement of our people. We have never seen its parallel in the history of election verdicts,” he said.

Read: Tribunal upholds Governor Ikpeazu’s election victory

A Court of Appeal, sitting in Abia state, recently ordered the incumbent Governor of the state, Mr Okezie Ikpeazu, to vacate his seat as it declared the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate, Mr Alex Otti, as the winner of the State's Governorship election.

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