Breaking: Ikpeazu Remains Abia Governor, Until…

Justice Morenike Ogunwumiju, Chairperson of the five-man panel handling the appeal of Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu against the judgment of a Federal High Court, Abuja, that ordered him to vacate his seat for Uche Ogah, ruled Tuesday, that parties remain as they were before they came to court today.
The Court of Appeal of the Abuja Division in a short ruling ordered maintaince of status until the substance of the case is disposed off.
“You should all remain as you were before you came to court today”, she ruled.
She said whatever positions they were before today (Tuesday) should be maintained by all parties until the main substance of the case is determined
The Judge, leading a panel of five justices of the appelate court ruled that “both parties should remain as they were to allow the court expeditious hearing of various complaints brought before this court,” implying Governor lkpeazu will remain in office during the hearing of the appeal.
The Judge fixed the hearing of the appeal for August 9.
Meanwhile, Dr Alex Otti, the candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA in 2015 gubernatorial election on Tuesday applied to join the appeal filed by Governor Ikpeazu removing him from office.
Justice Ogunwumiju, had earlier informed the court that there are eight appeals against the judgment of Justice Okon Abang in which Governor Ikpeazu was ordered to vacate office for presenting false tax information in the nomination form he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to contest the 2015 polls as the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
TheJudge had ordered INEC to issue a certificate of return to Chief Uche Ogah who came second in the PDP primaries held in December, 2014 to select a governorship candidate for the party.
The court also directed all parties in the suit to file the necessary papers before the next session.
Meanwhile, PDP appeal against the judgment was still on-going as when filing this report.

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