The Supreme Court on Friday said the case which led to the June 27 decision of the Federal High Court to nullify the election of Abia state governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, for alleged tax evasion is baseless.
Recall that Justice Okon Abang had in a ruling described the emergence of Mr. Ikpeazu as governor of Abia state under the platform of the PDP as null and void. The application was filed by an Abia state businessman, and member of the Peoples Democratic Party, Samson Ogah.
However, the Appeal Court on August 18 reversed that decision. Meanwhile, a five-member panel of Supreme court justices led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, on Friday upheld the August 18 decision of the Appeal Court. “I’m a government employee and it is also common knowledge that tax is deducted at source,” said Mr. Onnoghen. “They give you a tax clearance certificate, you are not the person who produced the tax certificate. If they say bring your tax clearance, I have my file and my pay slip, if you ask I will say this is my pay slip. “If they don’t send it on time I will ask for my tax clearance because I may need it. When they send it to me and there is anything wrong with it, why should I be held responsible? The long and short of it was that this case was a no case.”