The extended public holidays has stalled a scheduled hearing of an application seeking to stay execution of judgment of the Federal High Court in Abuja that sacked Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State from office.
Trial Justice, Okon Abang had slated Thursday to also decide whether or not he has the powers to set aside the ex-parte order by a High Court in Abia State that stopped the Chief Judge of the state from swearing-in Mr. Uchechukwu Ogah as governor.
The judge said he would also decide on the merit of an oral application by Ikpeazu’s lead counsel, Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN, to annul the Certificate of Return the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, issued to Ogah.
Besides, the court was equally billed to determine whether the provisions of Section 143(1) of the Electoral Act applied to the judgment that was delivered against Ikpeazu on June 27.
The matter was fixed for today Thursday following an application by Ikpeazu’s lawyer, Olanipekun, SAN,who sought time to respond to a further affidavit Ogah filed against the motion to stay execution of the high court judgment.
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