Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, of Abia state, on Tuesday filed a notice of appeal and application for stay of execution at the court of appeal in Abuja against the ruling of Justice Okon Abang of the federal high court ordering his removal from office.
Enyinnaya Appolos, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor disclosed this in a statement following an Abuja Court ruling that accused him of tax evasion.
On Monday’s, the federal high court deemed him unqualified to have been elected governor, and declared that Uche Ogar, who came second at the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) primary, be declared winner instead.
In the suit, Ogar had contended that the governor evaded tax prior to his election, and as such was unqualified to hold an elective office.
The judge upheld the argument, ordering the removal of Ikpeazu for submitting false information to the PDP in the course of the party’s primary election.
However, Ikpeazu vowed to appeal the judgement, telling his supporters not to panic because he “remains the governor of the state according to law”.