Supreme Court Affirms Election Of Ikpeazu As Abia Governor
The Supreme Court on Friday, in Abuja, affirmed Mr Okezie Ikpeazu as democratically elected governor of Abia State.
The court had dismissed an application filed by Mr Friday Nwosu, a governorship aspirant in the 2014 PDP governorship primaries challenging the nomination and emergence of Ikpeazu as the state governor on the grounds that he submitted “false’’ tax papers to INEC.
He had urged the court to nullify the election of Ikpeazu and declare him (Nwosu) the governor of Abia.
Nwosu had, in his appeal, challenged the judgment of the Court of Appeal sitting in Owerri which declined jurisdiction in the case.
The appellate court panel of five Justices presided over by Justice Jimi Bada had ruled that it lacked the jurisdiction to hear and determine the appeal.
However, Justice Amina Adamu-Augie, in the lead judgment, described the appeal as “frivolous and lacking in merit’’.
The Justice awarded fine of N4 million against the appellant (Nwosu) to be paid N1 million each to four respondents to the appeal.
The respondents in the suit are Mr Samson Ogah, the Peoples’ Democratic Party, (PDP), Ikpeazu and the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC).