Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, Governor of Abia State,
An Abuja-based lawyer, Mr Darlington Ozurumba, has instituted a suit at the Federal High Court, Abuja, seeking to stop the release of the monthly Federal Allocation accruable to Abia.
Ozurumba is asking the court to stop allocations to the state pending the recognition of a valid and lawful governor for the state.
He joined Minister of Finance, Accountant-General of the Federation, Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission and the Attorney-General as co-defendants.
The plaintiff wants the court to restrain the defendants either by themselves, officials, agents or servants from making further releases of monthly allocation from the federation accounts to Abia.
He prayed the court to restrain any person, howsoever called, from presenting himself for release of funds or revenue from the federation accounts to Abia.
The plaintiff’s suit, supported by an 18-paragraph affidavit’ contented that there was a valid judgment ousting Governor Okezie Ikpeazu from office.
He further argued that the said judgment by Justice Okon Abang ordered INEC to issue Dr Samson Ogah with a certificate of return.
He said that the issuance of the certificate qualified Ogah to be sworn-in as governor of Abia.
Ozurumba said further release of funds from the federation accounts to Abia would not be in the interest of the state because accountability and transparency of the funds would not be ensured.
No date has been fixed for the hearing of the suit.
Source:: PM Newspaper