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Abia Governorship Tussle: Honourably Step Aside, Group Urges Ikpeazu

By Willy Ezugwu
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The South East Revival Group (SERG) has urged the embattled Abia State governor, Mr. Okezie Ikpeazu to honourably step aside as a mark of his respect for the rule of law, having failed to secure a stay of execution of the ruling of Justice Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja at the weekend.

The group also called on the Inspector General of Police, the Director of the Department of State Services and all the law enforcement agencies to ensure that the Abia State Governor-elect, Dr. Uche Sampson Ogah is sworn in as ordered by the Abuja Federal High Court, having been issued the Certificate of Return by the Independent national Electoral Commission (INEC).

The group said these in a press statement signed by its National Secretary, Mazi Luis Obioha.

"We are concerned that Abia State has no governor at the moment because Okezie Ikpeazu’s Certificate of Return, which is the basis for which he was sworn in as the state governor has been withdrawn by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and a new one issued to the Governor-elect, Uche Ogah.

"By issuing a Certificate of Return to Uche Ogah it means that INEC has withdraws Okezi Ikpeazu's and he cannot legally hold the office office of the governor of the state, after failing to obtain a stay of execution order from Abuja Federal High Court.

"We therefore call on the Inspector General of Police, the Director of the Department of State Services and all the law enforcement agencies to ensure that the Abia State Governor-elect, Dr. Uche Sampson Ogah is sworn in as ordered by the Abuja Federal High Court.

"Like many well meaning Nigerians, including the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties and the Eastern Unity Forum, we commend INEC for issuing Certificate of Return to Uche Ogah", the statement read.