Despite Thursday’s presentation of certificate of returns to Uche Ogah,the governor of Abia State Okezie Ikpeazu has cautioned him to stop parading himself as governor as he remains the no 1 citizen of the state.
Speaking through his media aide Enyinnaya Appolos, Ikpeazu urged his supporters to remain calm, saying: “I am still the governor of Abia state.”
His words: “I have received with concern, report of the purported issuance of Certificate of Return to Mr. Uche Ogah by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), as governor of Abia State, despite the pendency of a notice of appeal and motion for stay of the execution of the orders made by Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja,” read the statement.
“Our laws are clear on this matter. No one may be issued with a certificate of return let alone be sworn in as governor, when there is a subsisting appeal and application for stay.
“I want to appeal to Abians to remain calm and law abiding in the face of this provocation. Unless and until the appellant courts have conclusively resolved the appeal, the status quo remains; I am still the Governor of Abia State.”