ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE Eastern Unity Forum (EUF) is demanding the swearing in of Uchechukwu Ogah following the removal of Okezie Ikpeazu as the governor.
EUF demanded the immediate enforcement of the order of an Abuja Federal High Court that removed Ikpeazu from the office, urging the Attorney General of the Federation, Inspector General of Police, the Director of the Department of state Services and other security agencies to enforce the court order without further delay and avoid brewing anarchy in the state.
National President of EUF, Emmanuel Okereke and the National Secretary, Willy Ezugwu, briefing the media in Abuja, also vowed to mobilize the people to enforce the court judgment if the security agencies did not heed the court ruling.
“We have watched with dismay the current development in Abia State, and wish to add our voice and state in clear terms that we are disappointed with the delay in swearing in Dr Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah as the Governor of Abia State as directed by Abuja Federal High Court,” the officials said.
“It is very clear, even to a lay man that Mr. Okezie Ikpeazu is no longer the Governor of Abia State as his Certificate of Return has been withdrawn by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and a Certificate of Return issued to the Governor-elect, Dr. Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah.”
EUF officials described the court verdict obtained by Ikpeazu as a“judicial coup.”
“So, for Mr. Okezie Ikpeazu to rush to another court of coordinate jurisdiction to arrest the unambiguous judgment delivered by Justice Okon Abang on Monday, June 27, 2016 which ordered that Ogah be sworn in immediately is nothing but a delay tactics and judicial coup that must not be allowed to stand.”
EUF thus demanded Ogah’s swearing in.
“Anything to the contrary will be institutionalizing impunity in South East of Nigeria,” Okereke said.
Ogah recently obtained a court order which sacked Ikpeazu and affirmed him as governor-elect.
Ikpeazu was elected the ninth governor of Abia last year. He was elected on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party. Opponents cited irregularities.
– CAJ News