Not taking chances, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has filed 50 grounds appeal in his notice of appeal challenging his removal by the Federal High Court, Abuja over allegation of forgery in his tax clearance certificate.
It was filed by his counsel, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN).
On June 27 Justice Okon Abang instructed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to with immediate effect, issue a certificate of return to the runner up in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), 2014 primary election Mr. Sampson Ogah.
In the 50 grounds appeal, he joined Ogah, PDP, INEC and one Sir Friday Nwanozie Nwosu as first to fourth respondents accordingly.
Ikpeazu in his last grounds of appeal, maintained that the decision of the lower court was/is against the weight of evidence, and hence required that the Court of Appeal, to allow his appeal, secondly, set aside entirely the main and substantial orders made and approved by the lower court and finally, an order striking out the amended originating summons in suit no. FHC/ABJ/CS/71/2016.
While the suit awaits court’s decision, Uche Ogah has avowed to make moves to free himself from the order by an Osisioma High Court which would not allow the Chief Judge of the state to swear him in as a governor.
At present, there is yet to be a contrary order of any court contradicting the judgment of Justice Okon Abang of a Federal High Court, Abuja.
According to Monday Ubani, counsel to Ogah, it is unlawful to use the excuse of Ikpeazu appeal to prevent Ogah from being sworn in as the Governor. He explained that the case won by Ogah at the court was a pre-election matter and not a recent case.
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