The real reasons for the sack of Abia state governnor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, ordered by Justice Okon Abang, has been revealed by the Federal High Court, on Friday.
It was revealed that Ikpeazu, submitted false tax information to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Via a statement, Emmanuel Gakko, the Chief Registrar, however made it known that the judgement was not based on the forged tax documents, and that there were two different cases against Ikpeazu.
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One of the cases according to the statement were filed by Sir Friday Nwosu with Dr. Ikpeazu and Dr. Sampson Uche Ogah as defendants. The case was before Justice Ambrose Allagoa.
The second suit before Justice Abang, had Dr. Ogah as the plaintiff, while Dr. Ikpeazu and Sir Nwosu were the defendants.
The case before Justice Allagoa, acvcording to the court, was based on alleged forgery or falsification of tax certificate and receipts by Dr. Ikpeazu, for the years 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 by Dr. Ikpeazu.
The statement read thus:
The court further held that by the affidavit of the Abia State Director of Taxes testifying that the documents are genuine, the court held that there was presumption of genuineness of the assessment and the certificate and/or receipts issued to Dr. Ikpeazu.
The court further held that the consequential reliefs have become unnecessary for the court’s consideration.
It should be noted that the court did not make any consequential orders with regard to the position of the governor other than the allegation of forgery.
The Chief Registrar said the case before Justice Abang had a different subject-matter, that Dr. Ikpeazu submitted form CF001 to INEC which were alleged to contain false information.
The court held that the information in Form CF001 as shown by him (Ikpeazu) in the affidavit accompanied with other documents to INEC are false and has nothing to do with forgery.
The, court, therefore made consequential orders under the doctrine of ‘lis pendens,’ which disallows any transfer of rights or interest in any subject matter that is being litigated upon during the pendency of litigation in respect of the said subject-matter.
The court, accordingly, declared Dr. Ogah as the winner of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primaries and should be issued with Certificate of Return accordingly.
The Chief Registrar said the clarification became necessary in view of “misrepresentation of facts as published in some electronic and print media and comments by both legal practitioners and laymen on the correct facts of the cases involving the Abia State Governor and the Judgment of Hon. justice O. E. Abang and Hon. Justice A. L. Allagoa.