Abia Guber Tussle: Supreme Court Update between Ikpeazu and Nwosu

Abia State

The Supreme Court of Nigeria yesterday, heard the gubernatorial case between the incumbent Abia State governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu and his challenger, Chief Friday Nwosu.

Recall that Nwosu, a 2015 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant in Abia State is challenging the nomination and emergence of Ikpeazu on the grounds that he provided offensive tax papers to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

He is contesting that between the month of January and June 2014,  Governor Ikpeazu was not a public servant and could not have paid his taxes appropriately under the Pay-As-You-Earn (PAYE) system.

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His lawyer, Mr. Solomon Umoh (SAN) who filed an application dated March 15, 2017 seeking for leave to appeal had told the Supreme Court Panel of Justices led by the CJN that the Court of Appeal had stayed proceedings  to await the outcome of the Supreme Court judgment in the appeal by Dr. Samson Ogah.

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While pleading, Mr. Umoh said he intended to go back to the Court of Appeal but was helpless in view of the judgment of the Supreme Court.

In his rulings, The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, gave an admonition verdict, he said: “We have already taken  decision on the matter and we are not speaking with both sides of our mouths because we are not politicians.

“There is only one Supreme Court. Please, go and settle and allow the people to enjoy the dividends of democracy.”

“We have to accept that there must be dispute and there must be resolution because in all of these, the people that lose are the common people who are the electorate.

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“There must be peace in the state so that the people who voted can get the dividends of democracy. In this country, our politicians spend three years out of the four year tenure fighting in court over elective positions. Not too much is given to governance.

“We need to have a re-think. We (Supreme Court) are not here to elect or appoint a lawmaker. We have so many pre-election appeals and it is the people that suffer at the end of the day.

Meanwhile, the judgement comes ten days after the Supreme court affirmed Ikpeazu’s mandate as the authentic governor of Abia State.

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AbaCityBlog reported that On on May 12, 2017, the Supreme Court affirmed the election of Governor Ikpeazu after dismissing the Uche Ogah’s appeal for lacking in merit.

Culled from The Sun


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