Abia gov tussle: Ikpeazu reacts to Appeal Court verdict

– Governor Ikpeazu expresses joy over his victory at Appeal Court

– He dedicates the victory to the people of Abia state

– He says the victory will spur him to do more for the people

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state has expressed joy over the Court of Appeal, Abuja, ruling which nullified his sack by a Federal High Court in Abuja.

Speaking to newsmen at the government House, Umuahia, on Thursday, August 18, Ikpeazu said the victory will spur him to do more for the people of Abia state, Vanguard reports.

He thanked God for the victory, adding that he dedicated the victory to the people of the state. He also expressed gratitude to the judiciary which, he said, had proved to be the hope of the common man.

He said: “Without the judiciary of this country, what would have been the fate of the poor son of a teacher, who became governor at the mercy of God and people of Abia state.

“The news before of us is a wonderful one and we are grateful to God for what He has done that our mandate has once again been affirmed by the Court of Appeal.

“This to us is a victory for the common people of Abia, who voted massively for us in 2015. With the judgment, I have been re-invigorated in our service to Ndi-Abia without letting them down.

“The gain this country has achieved in terms of our democratic experience is too much for us to toy with.

“We can recover from our economic problems but we may never recover if we drawback on our gains in democratic governance.”

The Court of Appeal today, August 18, affirmed the election of Ikpeazu and quashed the June 26 judgment of Justice Okon Abang of the Abuja High Court.

Abang had ordered Ikpeazu to vacate office for Dr. Uche Ogah, who challenged Ikpeazu’s eligibility to contest the 2015 governorship election as the flag bearer of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).

It was gathered that Ikpeazu was ordered to vacate his office over the account of fake tax returns during the PDP primaries. Justice Abang says Ikpeazu was never qualified to run in the primaries.

Following the judgment of the High Court for the immediate inauguration of Ogah as Abia governor, the Independent National Electoral Commission, issued him with the Certificate of Return.

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