Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu Appeals For Calm in Abia

Following the ruling of a Federal High Court today, nullifying the election of Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State this afternoon, the state house has released a press statement asking Abians to be calm. The court ruled on a suit brought before it by Chief Uche Ogah of Master Energy who contested for nomination as PDP Gubernatorial candidate alongside Ikpeazu, alleging that Gov Ikpeazu filed a fake tax return certificate. The High Court ruled that Chief Ogah be sworn in as governor immediately. A full transcript of the press statement is below:

Press Release

Don't panic, I remain your governor, Ikpeazu tells Abians

The Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has called on Abians not to panic, but remain clam over the judgment of Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court Abuja delivered today in favor of Mr. Uche Oga against him, in the case of alleged falsification of tax receipts.

Governor Ikpeazu, who said that he has faith in the judiciary and rule of law, added that he will appeal the ruling as he has instructed his lawyers to file an appeal immediately against the said judgment.

The Governor noted as an appointee of the Abia State Government from 2011 to 2014, when he served as the General Manager, Abia State Passengers Integrated Manifest and Safety Scheme (ASPIMSS), and first Deputy General Manager, Abia State Environmental Protection Agency (ASEPA) Aba and Environs respectively, before his resignation in October 2014 to contest the Governorship election in the state, that within the period  his taxes were deducted at source, and when he had need of his tax clearance in 2014, he applied to the Abia State Board of Internal Revenue, and was duly issued with his tax receipts for the period in question.

He maintained that he remains the Governor of the state according to law and will await the final determination of the matter by the appellate courts.

Enyinnaya Appolos
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor