- Gov. dedicates victory to Abians
The Supreme Court has upheld the election of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State on the grounds that he was properly nominated by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Delivering judgment on Friday in three separate suits brought against the governor by Samson Ogah and Friday Nwosu, the apex court dismissed the suit on grounds that the suits lacked merit.
In the lead judgment written by Justice Musa Datijo Mohamed and read by Justice Ejembi Eko, the court held that the appellant failed to prove his allegation that the tax clearance of the governor was forged.
According to the judgment, tax of civil servant are normally deducted from source and being a civil servant at the time Ikpeazu’s tax was deducted at source, adding that if there are any irregularities it is not the governor that should be held responsible.
The court however Award a cost of N250, 000 in favor of the governor and the PDP.
Meanwhile, elated Ikpeazu has dedicated his victory over Uche Ogah at the Supreme Court to the people of Abia state, who he said, stood by him all through the period of litigations.
The governor in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Enyinnaya Appolos, stated that the victory was a re-affirmation of the mandate given to him by the people, and now twice confirmed by the Supreme Court.
He stressed that only God will take glory for the victory, and commended the judiciary for standing firm on the side of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Ikpeazu called on all Abians to join hands with him to ensure accelerated growth and development of the state.
He stated: “The time for politics is long over, and I have forgiven all those that were bent on distracting me. Let all well-meaning Abians, including my opponents, come and join us to grow and develop our state without distractions as we ultimately have stakes in the growth and development of our state and people
“Today, there is the work of Abia to do and history will judge us by how much of that work we do, not by how much politics we play. My doors are open to all, my ears are open to hear and my eyes are strong enough to read suggestions on how we can best deliver greater dividends to those who really matter: the great people of Abia State.”