Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state, who was Monday sacked by a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, has called on people of the state not to panic as he remains governor till the matter was finally disposed at the supreme court.
Justice Okon Abang, had while delivering judgment in a suit filed by Uche Ogah, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member and aspirant in the 2015 governorship election, upheld arguments that Ikpeazu falsified tax documents filed for his election.
The judge subsequently ordered Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to immediately withdraw the certificate of return issued to Ikpeazu and issue one to Ogah, who came second in the primary election that produced Ikpeazu.
He also ordered the governor to vacate office immediately for Ogah.
Reacting to the judgment, Governor Ikpeazu, who said that he has faith in the judiciary and rule of law, said he will appeal the ruling.
He also disclosed that he has instructed his lawyers to file an appeal against the said judgment immediately.
The Governor noted that as an appointee of the Abia State Government from 2011 to 2014, when he served as the General Manager, Abia State Passengers Integrated Manifest and Safety Scheme (ASPIMSS), and first Deputy General Manager, Abia State Environmental Protection Agency (ASEPA) Aba and environs respectively, before his resignation in October 2014 to contest the Governorship election in the state, his taxes were deducted at source.
He contends that he had need of his tax clearance in 2014, he applied to the Abia State Board of Internal Revenue, which duly issued him with his tax receipts for the period in question.
A statement signed by his Press Secretary, Enyinnaya Appolos, quotes the governor as saying that he remains the Governor of the state, according to law, and will await the final determination of the matter by the appellate courts.