The High Court sitting in Osisioma Ngwa Judicial Division has given an order of injunction restraining the electoral umpire, or the Chief Judge of the state or any other judge from swearing-in Samson Ogah as Abia Governor.
This comes as the state government has called for calm, insisting that Mr. Okezie Ikpeazu remains the Governor of Abia State.
In a statement, Governor Ikpeazu expressed concern over the action of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in issuing a certificate of return to Mr. Ogah as governor of Abia State, despite a notice of appeal and motion for stay of the orders made by Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
The statement adds: “our laws are clear on this matter. No one may be issued with a Certificate of Return let alone be sworn in as governor, when there is a subsisting appeal and application for stay.”
INEC had issued the Certificate of Return to Mr Uche Ogah as the Governor of Abia State.
INEC’s Director of Publicity, Oluwole Osaze-Uzi, said this followed an order by the Abuja Federal High Court mandating INEC to immediately issue Certificate of Return to Mr Ogah, who came second at the last Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primaries in Abia State.