Following the June 27, 2016, ruling of the Federal High Court,
which sacked Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu as the Governor of Abia State, Okezie approached the Court of Appeal to contest the judgment.
But earlier today, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) issued a Certificate of Return to Mr. Uche Ogah to be sworn in as Abia Governor despite the motion for
a stay of execution pending before the Abuja, Appeals Court.
|*Mr. Ogah receiving his Certificate |
of Return at the INEC Headquarters Abuja
Analysts believe that this is an invitation to anarchy. Reports say that Mr. Ugah is on his way to Umuahia to "claim his mandate" while the sitting governor, following established precedents, is still holding forte as Abia Governor. It will be a case of two governors in Abia State and recipe for crisis.
Observers are worried that INEC, by its action, is about to unleash crisis in
in which the casualty will, as usual, be the ordinary people who will be drawn into it by blind loyalty. Abia State