A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Friday told Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State and his challenger, Mr Uche Ogah, to go to the Court of Appeal and argue their cases.
Presiding judge, Justice Okon Abang, stated this after he refused to hear the stay of execution application brought before him by Governor Ikpeazu.
It would be recalled that Justice Abang had ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to recognize Ogah as the duly elected governor of Abia state by directing that a certificate of return be issued him in a June 27 judgment.
Ikpeazu however applied for a stay of execution of the judgment pending the hearing and determination of his appeal against the judgment.
According to the judge, his refusal to hear the application was because counsels to both Ikpeazu and Ogah had argued that he no longer had jurisdiction to hear the motion.
In a related development, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu was Friday confirmed as the governor of Abia state by a Federal High Court sitting in Owerri.
The court presided over by Justice A.I Allagoa, ruling on a case filled by Mr Friday Nwosu against Ikpeazu on accusation of tax forgery documents, affirmed the election of the Abia governor.
Justice Allagoa, in his ruling, said the complainant; (Nwosu) failed to prove that the tax documents were forged.
The court went further to strike out the case.
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