Justice Okon Abang of the federal high court, Abuja has refused to suspend his order removing Okezie Ikpeazu as Abia state governor.
He ordered Ikpeazu to pay N40,000 as compensatory damages to Uche Ogah for “slapping the court in the face”.
Abang gave the ruling in a post-judgment application filed by Wole Olanipekun (SAN), counsel to Ikpeazu, challenging the judgment of the court removing the governor in a separate suit on the same issue filed by Uba Eleagbara, a native of Abia state.
The judge said that since the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had already issued a certificate of return to Ogah, there was nothing more to stay.
Abang said that Ikpeazu in “his attempt to malign the court only succeeded in slapping the court in the face.”
He said that “the governor’s action was aimed at neutralising the orders of the federal high court.”
He dismissed his application for lacking merit.