The Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal yesterday ordered Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, and his challenger, Uche Ogah, not to take further steps with respect to the June 27 judgment of the Federal High Court in Abuja, which ordered the removal of Ikpeazu and swearing in of Ogah.
The five-man panel of the Court of Appeal, headed by Justice Helen Ogunwumiju, directed that parties to the case should wait for their decision on the matter.
“Parties should remain as they were before today(Tuesday) to allow an expeditious hearing of the various complaints before this court,” Justice Ogunwumiju directed.
Justice Ogunwumiju said the directive was important to avoid a misinterpretation of its ruling.
She said the ruling of the court was for parties to remain as they were before Tuesday and should not be misconstrued as implying that the court had issued an order for stay of execution of the Federal High Court’s judgment.
The court fixed August 9 for the hearing of all the appeals, including those filed by Ikpeazu, Friday Nwosu, Obasi Ekeagbala, Alex Otti, and the Peoples Democratic Party.
The appeal was filed by Ikpeazu to set aside two judgments of Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja delivered on June 27, seeking to remove him from office.