Justice Okon Abang of a Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday refused to hear the application of Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, for stay of execution of the June 27 judgment of the court removing him (Ikpeazu) from office.
Justice Abang directed that Ikpeazu and Ogah, who was ordered to be issued fresh Certificate of Return in the June 27 judgment , should go to the Court of Appeal to argue the motion for stay of execution.
The judge made the declaration in response to the argument of counsel to both parties, challenging his jurisdiction to hear any application on the matter.
It would be recalled that the Abia State High Court had issued an injunction restraining INEC from issuing a certificate of return to Ogah.
The Court also restrained the Chief Judge of Abia State from swearing Ogah in while ordering status quo to be maintained until pending the determination of motion on notice.
However, in another case that also had to do with the tax issues, a Federal High court in Owerri earlier today retained Ikpeazu as governor, ruling that his tax certificates were not forged as was being challenged.