Supreme Court Upholds Ikpeazu’s Election As Abia Governor

Supreme Court Upholds Ikpeazu’s Election As Abia Governor

The Supreme Court has upheld the election of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State as it dismissed the tax case of Uchechukwu Ogah.

A five-man panel led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, dismissed Ogah’s appeal who had earlier obtained judgment of the Federal High Court in Abuja to replace Ikpeazu.

However Ogah’s case was dismissed by the five-man panel for lack of substance.

Recalled that the Federal High Court sacked Ikpeazu in a judgment on June 27 and ordered the Chief Judge of Abia State to swear in Uchechukwu Ogah as the state governor.

Ogah had claimed that Ikpeazu submitted a fake tax clearance to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to become the Peoples Democratic Party Candidate for the state governorship election.

In its lead judgment on Friday, the Supreme Court, posited that it was detrimental to Ogah’s case that the Peoples Democratic Party’s guideline around which the suit of the plaintiff was built was not presented before the court.

It stated that it would be out of place to claim that Ikpeazu did not pay tax since he was a civil servant whose tax was deducted from the source at the time.