Mr Okezie Ikpeazu has declared that he remains the Governor of Abia state despite the fact that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has issued a Certificate of Return of to Mr Uche Ogah who came second at the Peoples Democratic Party primaries in 2014.
Consequently, the court ordered INEC to immediately issue a Certificate of Return to Ogah – which was carried out earlier on Thursday, June 30.
Not satisfied with the ruling, the embattled Ikpeazu has secured another court injunction that prevents Abia Chief Justice or any other Judge from swearing-in Ogah as Governor of the state while he remains in office pending the determination of his appeal.
Speaking with pressmen on the matter, the INEC Commissioner in charge of South-East, Amb. Lawrence Nwuruku said:
“The situation is that we are simply obeying the court order. The court said with immediate effect without wasting of time, we should issue him Certificate of Return and that is what we have done – to obey the court order.
If the court tomorrow issues another order, we would obey the same. By the grace of God, I am the INEC Commissioner in charge of South East. I’ll do the same thing if the court orders us to do so.
If court says we should issue the same certificate to another person. In this case, court ordered us to issue a Certificate of Return to the person who won the election and that is Uche Ogah. I was the person who gave the Certificate of Return to Gov. Ikpeazu as he was declared winner.
Now, the court has said otherwise. One thing we know is that we are not above the law and we cannot disobey the laws of the land.
If you were in the court that day, and I urge you the media, to go and study the court ruling very well, it was wonderful; it was direct,”