The supreme court has upheld the judgment of court of appeal that affirmed the election of Okezie Ikpeazu as governor of Abia State.
A 5-man panel of the apex court justices led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, justice Walter Onnoghen, Friday, dismissed the appeal challenging the election for lack of merit.
A candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Ogah who contested alongside the Governor in the PDP 2015 governorship primaries instituted the appeal after he lost at appellate court.
Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court Abuja had in a judgment sacked Governor Ikpeazu and affirmed Ogah as duly elected PDP governorship candidate on the grounds that Ikpeazu falsified his tax clearance certificate.
Delivering judgment on Friday in three separate suits brought against the governor by Ogah and Friday Nwosu, the apex court dismissed the suit on grounds that the suits lacked merit.
In the lead judgement written by Justice Musa Datijo Mohamed and read by Justice Ejembi Eko, the court held that the appellant failed to prove his allegation that the tax clearance of the Governor was forged.
According to the judgement, taxes of civil servants are normally deducted from source and being a civil servant at the time Ikpeazu’s tax was deducted at source, adding that if there were any irregularities it is not the Governor that should be held responsible.
The court however awarded a cost of N250,000 in favour of the Governor and the PDP.
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