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PDP Appeals Ikpeazu’s Removal As Abia Governor

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday appealed the judgment of Federal High Court, Abuja which removed Okezie Ikpeazu as governor of Abia on account of false tax information.

The notice of appeal filed at the Abuja division of the Court of Appeal, dated June 28th 2016 was obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

The PDP in the notice of appeal expressed dissatisfaction with the decision of the lower court which declared Uche Ogah as its rightful candidate for the governorship election.

The party asked the appellate court to void the consequential order by the lower court which directed INEC to issue certificate of return to Ogah, the second runner-up in the PDP primaries.

NAN reports that the appellant set out five grounds for the appeal.

It contended that the trial court erred in law when it held that it had jurisdiction to hear the suit and it also misdirected itself when it misconstrued the provisions of the PDP constitution.

The appellant said it was not given the chance to be heard and the action of the lower court occasioned a miscarriage of justice.

PDP also contended that no evidence was led that Ogah, who was declared winner, participated in the 2015 governorship elections in the state.

It therefore, prayed the appellate court to hold that declaring Ogah as winner of the elections went contrary to the express provisions of section 141 of the Electoral Act.

The party urged the appellate court to set aside the judgment of the lower court.

 

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

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