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Friday, 1 July 2016

Abia Governorship Seat

INEC issues a certificate of return to Uche Ogah of the people's democratic party in Abia State.
The INEC commissioner representing southeast, Lawrence Nwuruku told journalists that the commission acted in line with the high court ruling. The electoral body complied with the order on Thursday
Ogah, the candidate who placed second at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Abi state governorship primary in 2015 is now the governor, following Monday’s judgement of a federal high court sitting in Abuja that Okezie Ikpeazu, the party’s candidate and winner of the governorship election, was not qualified to hold the office.

Justice Okon Abang, giving judgment on a suit filed by Ogah, agreed with the plaintiff that Ikpeazu evaded tax prior to his election, and as such was‎ not qualified to hold an elective office.

He ordered the removal of Ikpeazu and also ordered Abang also ordered INEC to withdraw the certificate of return it issued to Ikpeazu‎, and re-award it to Ogah, who had received 103 votes to Ikpeazu’s 487 at the primary election.

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