Dr Okezie Ikpeazu insists he remains the Governor of Abia State despite the Certificate of Return issued to Dr Samson Ogah by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC ).
Ikpeazu in a statement he personally signed on Thursday, urged the people of the state to remain calm.
He said: “I have received with concern , report of the purported issuance of Certificate of Return to Mr Uche Ogah by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC ), as governor of Abia State, despite dependency of a notice of appeal and motion for stay of the orders made by Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court , Abuja .
“Our laws are clear on this matter . No one may be issued with a certificate of return let alone be sworn in as governor , when there is a subsisting appeal and application for stay .
“I want to appeal to Abians to remain calm and law abiding in the face of this provocation, unless and until the appellant courts have conclusively resolve the appeal, the status remains , I am still the Governor of Abia State. ”