TAX SUIT: TENSION IN ABIA AS APPEAL COURT DELIVERS JUDGMENT SEPT 23
Tension has gripped Abia state over the impending judgment of a five man
panel of the Court of the Appeal sitting over appeals arising from the tax
forgery suit instituted against Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu by a chieftain of the
PDP in the state, Sir Friday Nwosu.
Nwosu who contested the December 8, 2014 PDP governorship primaries in
Abia state, had filed a suit accusing Ikpeazu of submitting forged tax
documents and false information to his party and the Independent National
Electoral Commission (INEC). But the Federal High Court, Owerri presided
over by Justice Lewis Allagoa, on July 8 , said Nwosu failed to prove a tax
forgery suit against the governor, but was silent on the issue of false
information. Justice Allagoa further stated that Ikpeazu was not the maker
of the tax documents.
But in a move which shocked keen observers of the tax forgery suit,
Ikpeazu last week, lodged an appeal against some aspects of the judgment
on which he secured victory in court.
Pointblanknews.com gathered that the panel headed by Justice R.C. Agbo
which had directed all parties to file and exchange all processes on or
before Monday 19th September , is set deliver judgment on Friday September
A source at the Abia Government House told our correspondent that Gov.
Ikpeazu's camp had been restless as they advance efforts to ensure the
judgment goes in their favour. According to the source, the governor has
constituted a 'contact team' which includes one of the first time senators
representing the state, a top monarch in the state and a renowned oil
marketer to reach out.
“The governor is worried over the constitution of the five man panel of
the court of Appeal to hear and deliver judgment on the matter. Gov.
Okezie Ikpeazu is not giving anything to chance; he has constituted a team
to reach out to all parts of the country to ensure that the judgment goes
in his favour.”
Close associates of the governor had earlier boasted that the appeals
filed by Nwosu would not be heard till the end of Ikpeazu's
administration. But the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab
Bulkachuwa last week, set up the Justice Agbo panel to hear and deliver
judgment on the matter which had suffered several delays despite being a
pre election suit which ought to have been decided before the governorship
It is believed that the Supreme Court might be waiting on the conclusion
of the appeal to consolidate it with other appeals arising from the June
27th verdict of the Federal High Court 10 delivered by Justice Okon Abang
which sacked Ikpeazu, but was later reversed by another five man panel of
the Court of Appeal headed by Justice Morenike Ogunwumiju.
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