Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has been ruled out of office by a federal high court sitting in Abuja, stating he was not qualified to hold the office.
The presiding judge, Okon Abang, passed the judgment in a suit filed by Uche Ogar, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member, against Ikpeazu.
In the suit, Ogar contended that the governor evaded tax prior to his election, and as such was not qualified to hold an elective office.
The judge upheld the argument, ordering the immediate removal of Ikpeazu from office, for submitting false information to the PDP in the course of the party’s primary election.
The court also ordered the independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare Uche Ogah, the man who seconded Ikpeazu at the PDP primary, as the elected candidate.
However, this is the latest in a series of legal battles Ikpeazu has faced. His election was previously challenged by a candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Alex Otti, in the April 2015 governorship election.
Although, an election petition tribunal upheld his election, the appeal sacked him. But, the supreme court returned him to power.