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Tribunal Sacks Local Government Chairman in Abia State Over TAX EVASION.

Ifeanyi Isikaku.
Mr. Ifeanyi Isikaku, the Chairman of Isialangwa Local Government Area in Abia State, has been removed from office.

The Chairmanship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, on Friday, annulled the election of Chief Ifeanyi Isikaku, with a petition brought before it by the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Christian Okeri, who alleged that Isikaku (PDP) did not pay his tax as required by law.
The Chairman of the tribunal, Justice O. O. Agbala, ruled that the petitioner proved his case beyond reasonable doubt, saying that Isikaku failed to provide evidence of his tax payment for three years as stipulated by law and therefore, nullified his election, ordering a fresh election and excluded the PDP from fielding any candidate in the election.
The state chairman of APGA, Rev. Augustine Ehiemere, hailed the judgment, saying that “it has helped to restore the battered image of the judiciary in Abia”, saying that the tribunal “should have declared the petitioner the winner and ordered his immediate inauguration since it disqualified his only opponent in the election.
He congratulated Okeri “for his steadfastness and resilience, even in the face of intimidation and attempts to compromise him and make him withdraw his petition.”

In a swift reaction, the candidate of the PDP, Ifeanyi Isikaku said he would appeal at a higher court and urged his supporters to remain calm and law abiding.

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