The Police have stepped up security around the Abia Government House in Umuahia, following report of the issuance of Certificate of Return to Uche Ogah as Governor-elect of the State.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the news, which filtered into the state around noon, caused anxiety among residents of Umuahia, the state capital.
At the city centre, popularly called Isi-gate, some traders, tricycle riders and passersby expressed happiness over the development.
However, the situation was different at the Government House, where political office holders were seen moving hurriedly out of their offices, while workers simply watched.
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, who was on his way to deliver an inaugural lecture at the Abia State University, Uturu when the news filtered in, cancelled the event and made a quick return to Aba.
Mr. Ikpeazu had operated from the Government House Liaison Office in Aba since he assumed office on May 29, 2015.
Hundreds of Mr. Ogah’s supporters moved to the Sam Mbakwe Cargo Airport, Owerri, to receive him.
Many other supporters were seen at the Government House main-gate in anticipation of his inauguration.
Attempts to get the reaction of officials of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state on the development were unsuccessful.
The Chairman of the party, Johnson Onuigbo, did not answer calls made to his cell phone.
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