Thursday, September 1, 2016

Abia Governorship: Ogah Files Appeal Against Ikpeazu At Supreme Court

Samson Ogah, who was declared winner of the Abia State governorship election by the Federal High Court in June, has filed two separate appeals before the Supreme Court, challenging the judgement of the Court of Appeal, which refused to recognize him as winner of the poll.

Documents obtained by Premium Times show that Mr. Ogah is appealing against the July 18 judgement of the appeal court on 42 grounds.

Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja division had on June 27 nullify the April 11, 2015 election of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu Ikpeazu for submitting false information in his tax clearance certificate to the Peoples Democratic Party during the governorship primary in the state.
The governor ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to issue certificate of return to Mr. Ogah, who emerged runner up to Mr. Ikpeazu in the primary.

However, on July 18, the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal had while delivering judgement on several applications filed on the matter, including Mr. Ikpeazu, set aside the nullification of the governor’s election, describing the judgement of the lower court as a miscarriage of justice.

In the first motion with 24 grounds of appeal which he filed through his counsel, Alex Iziyon, at the Supreme Court, Mr. Ogah is seeking the annulment of the judgement of the appeal court and declared him winner of the governorship election.
The second motion containing 18 grounds of appeal wants the nullification of the decision of the appeal court because it was given in error.

The defendants in the appeal, with reference numbers CA/A/390/2016 and FHC/ABJ/CS/71/2016, apart from the governor, are the PDP, INEC and one Friday Nwosu.

The date of hearing is yet to be fixed by the Supreme Court.

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