By Wahab Akanji, Abuja
Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja has refused to setÂ aside his previous order removing Okezie Ikpeazu as governor of AbiaÂ state.The governor had through Wole Olanipekun (SAN), had filed anÂ application asking the court to vacate the order.
But in a ruling on Monday, Abang said that he would not set aside theÂ order, but that he would hear other applications on the matter onÂ Thursday.
On June 27, the judge ruled that Ikpeazu was not qualified to holdÂ office as Abia governor because he had filed a fake tax clearanceÂ before his election in 2015.
He had given the judgment in a suit filed by Uche Ogah, a PeoplesÂ Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, against Ikpeazu.
In the suit, Ogah contended that the governor filed a forged taxÂ certificate prior to his election, and as such he was not qualified toÂ hold an elective office.
The judge upheld the argument of Ogah, ordering the removal of Ikpeazu.Â Abang also ordered the Independent National Electoral CommissionÂ (INEC) to issue a certificate of return to Ogah, who was firstÂ runner-up in the PDP Abia governorship primary election, as governorÂ of the state.