Abia governorship tussle: Samson Ogah heads to Supreme Court

Samson Ogah
Samson Ogah

Samson Ogah, who was declared governor of Abia State by a court in June, is heading to the Supreme Court to claim his mandate.

Incumbent governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, had challenged the court ruling, and has refused to step down.

On August 18, the Court of Appeal in Abuja upturned the decision to hand Mr. Ogah the position.

The Appeal Court said Mr. Ikpeazu had not committed any tax offence as the first court ruled.

In its ruling, a five-member panel led by Justice Morenike Ogunwumiju said the June 27 ruling amounted to “raping democracy”.

“After reading through the judgement several times I was amazed at how the trial judge arrived at his conclusion of perjury against the appellant when there was no evidence of forgery. To say the least, his findings are ridiculous,” the court said.

Speaking to PREMIUM TIMES on Wednesday, Mr. Ogah’s lawyer, Alex Izinyon, said his client had resolved to go to the highest court.

“Yes I will let you have our processes, Monday next week,” Mr. Izinyon said when asked whether his client would proceed to the Supreme court.

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  • ericdwise

    If lawyers don’t encourage their clients to file cases they(lawyer) wont be paid. Therefore it is normal to encourage your client to sue as a lawyer but the supreme court is not try your luck institution. I will really want to see what they formulated as their grounds

    • Emeka

      Stop being sarcastic, and allow a man exhaust his fundamental rights, the way governor ikpeazu just did. If there are no grounds for proceeding to SC, they won’t be making the attempt. In most cases, SC has overruled Apeal Court’s judgements, and I believe this won’t be different.

      • ericdwise

        My brother he has his right to appeal but am really eager to know their grounds of appeal. I have been in such situation why a lawyer will urge me to sue for something I could simply resolve….wish him luck but facts are facts