Why Supreme Court Upheld Ikpeazu's Election As Abia Governor
The Supreme Court has put an end to the leadership tussle that followed the election of Mr Okezie Ikpeazu as the Governor of Abia State.
In a ruling on Friday, the apex court in Nigeria upheld the earlier ruling of an Appeal Court on the matter.
In August 2016, the Appeal Court upheld the nomination and election of Governor Ikpeazu, but Mr Uche Ogah challenged that decision, forwarding an appeal to the supreme Court which is the final bus stop.
Storm In A Teacup
Mr Ogah’s appeal did not scale through, as 2 out of the three-man panel of the Supreme Court struck it out for ‘lacking merit’.
The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, said the case was a storm in a teacup, which should not have been entertained by the court in the first place.
Politicians were also warned against trying to influence the judiciary, with the Chief Justice saying there was a security breach which would be investigated by the court.
Justice Onnoghen also wondered why some politicians would attempt to bribe court employees to know who was writing the judgment or what the judgment was.
This ruling of the Supreme Court is coming nearly two years after the governor won the Abia State governorship election.
Mr Ikpeazu won the April 11, 2015 election under the Peoples Democratic Party.