The Court of Appeal sitting in Owerri, Imo state has nullified the election of Dr Okezie Ikpeazu as governor of eastern Nigerian state of Abia, and has declared the candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, Mr Alex Otti, the winner of the state gubernatorial election, Channels Television reports.
The court in its ruling on Thursday, December 31, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to swear in Dr Otti, as governor of Abia State and asked Mr Okezie Ikpeazu to vacate the office.
The state election tribunal had upheld Ikpeazu’s election in a ruling on 4 November.
Alex Otti headed to the appeal court. Ikpeazu will also likely challenge the ruling at the Supreme Court.