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Court Sacks Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu
The federal high court in Abuja has removed the governor of Abia state, Okezie Ikpeazu, from office, citing fake tax returns by the governor during the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Governorship primaries in the state in December 2014.
Justice Okon Abang ordered INEC to cede the certificate of return issued to Ikpeazu to Uche Ogah, his opponent in the primary election, and ordered the Abia State Chief Judge to swear in Ogah as the substantive governor of the state.
In his ruling, Justice Abang said Ikpeazu was not qualified for the PDP primaries in the first place, having tendered fake tax clearance papers during the screening.
INEC had in April 2015, declared Ikpeazu winner of the Abia State governorship election having polled 264,713 votes to defeat Alex Otti of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, who polled 180,882 votes.