Justice Okon Abang of a Federal High Court, has asked the Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu to immediately vacate his seat as Abia governr.
Justice Abang gave the order Monday afternoon while delivering judgment over a case of tax evasion brought against the Governor by a member of Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Ogah.
The court ordered INEC to immediately withdraw the certificate of return to Ikpeazu and issue it to Ogah, who came second in the PDP governorship primaries in the state.
Ikpeazu was alleged to have submitted false information to his party, the PDP, ahead of the party’s governorship primary in December 2014.
The plaintiff, Uche Ogah, who polled the second highest number of votes ithe primary, had approached the Court on the ground that Ikpeazu did not present a valid tax clearance certificate.
He argued that Ikpeazu was ineligible to contest as he did not pay his taxes of years 2011, 2012 and 2013 as at when due.
According to him, the taxes he (Ikpeazu) allegedly paid for the three years were paid on the same day.
The plaintiff faulted the authenticity of Ikpeazu’s tax clearance certificate and the information contained in his INEC “Form CF100″.
Delivering the judgment, Abang said from the evidence before him the plaintiff was able to prove his case beyond reasonable doubt and then ordered that Ikpeazu be immediately removed as Abia Governor.
He also the Chief Judge of the state to swear in, Uche Ogah, his opponent in the Decmeber 2014 gubernatorial election in state as the substantive Governor of Abia State.