Abia Governorship Tussle: Samson Ogah Heads To Supreme Court

Uche Ogah & Governor Ikpeazu
Uche Ogah & Governor Ikpeazu

Samson Uche Ogah, who was declared governor of Abia State by a court in June, is heading to the Supreme Court to claim his mandate.

Incumbent governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, had challenged the court ruling, and has refused to step down.

On August 18, the Court of Appeal in Abuja upturned the decision to hand Mr. Ogah the position.

The Appeal Court said Mr. Ikpeazu had not committed any tax offence as the first court ruled.

In its ruling, a five-member panel led by Justice Morenike Ogunwumiju said the June 27 ruling amounted to “raping democracy”.

“After reading through the judgement several times I was amazed at how the trial judge arrived at his conclusion of perjury against the appellant when there was no evidence of forgery. To say the least, his findings are ridiculous,” the court said.

Speaking to PREMIUM TIMES on Wednesday, Mr. Ogah’s lawyer, Alex Izinyon, said his client had resolved to go to the highest court.

“Yes I will let you have our processes, Monday next week,” Mr. Izinyon said when asked whether his client would proceed to the Supreme court.