Just In: Supreme Court upholds Ikpeazu’s election as Abia governor

The Supreme Court on Friday affirmed the election of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State.

The apex court dismissed a case filed by Uchechukwu Ogah.

Ogah had earlier obtained a judgment from the Federal High Court in Abuja to replace Ikpeazu.

But a five-man panel led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, dismissed Ogah’s appeal for lacking in substance.

Justice Okon had sacked Ikpeazu and directed the Chief Judge of Abia State to swear in Uchechukwu Ogah as the state governor.

A five-man panel of the appeal court led by Justice Helen Ogunwumiju, nullified Justice Abang’s judgment and set aside all the orders.

The Supreme Court affirmed the substantial decision of the Court of Appeal on Friday.

It held that Ikpeazu as then a civil servant could hardly be found to have flouted tax payments when his tax deductions were at the source.

In his post-judgment comment, the CJN noted that there was a “security breach” in the course of preparing the judgment.

The CJN said the incident would be investigated and those culpable would be sanctioned.

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