Earlier today, INEC issued a certificate of return to Uche Ogah, following an order by the Abuja Federal High Court on Monday mandating the electoral body to issue Certificate of Return to Ogah who came second at the PDP primaries in the state in 2014.
The state governor, Okezie Ikpeazu has released a statement reacting to it. According to him, he remains the Governor of the state since he has filed an appeal against the ruling.
The statement reads; I have received with concern, report of the purported issuance of Certificate of Return to Mr. Uche Ogah by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), as governor of Abia State, despite dependency of a notice of appeal and motion for stay of the orders made by Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
Our laws are clear on this matter. No one may be issued with a certificate of return let alone be sworn in as governor, when there is a subsisting appeal and application for stay.
I want to appeal to Abians to remain calm and law abiding in the face of this provocation, unless and until the appellant courts have conclusively resolve the appeal, the status remains, I am still the Governor of Abia State.
Dr Okezie Ikpeazu
Governor, Abia State