The Supreme Court has said it will, on Monday, May 22, 2017, hear the tax forgery suit against Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu by a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia State, Sir Friday Nwosu.
Nwosu, who contested the December 8, 2014 PDP governorship primaries in the state, had alleged that Ikpeazu submitted false information and tax documents to his party and asked the court to disqualify him.
He prayed the court to declare him (Nwosu) the lawful PDP candidate in the 2015 governorship election.
When the case, with suit number SC/1046/2016, came up for mention last March 29, Dr. Paul Ananaba, SAN, who appeared as PDP’s lawyer, said the party was not served with the relevant court processes and applied for adjournment.
The court adjourned the matter till June 6, 2017, for hearing.
But, Nwosu and the PDP also filed separate motions urging the court to bring up the matter for hearing before May 12, 2017, but the Supreme Court fixed the case for hearing Monday.
The PDP also filed a notice, insisting that neither Dr. Paul Ananaba nor Dr. Livy Uzoukwu (SAN), was its lawyer.
The party had earlier filed a Notice of Intention to withdraw from the case, not to defend any of the parties in the suit and urged the court to serve justice.
The apex court on Friday, awarded victory to Dr. Ikpeazu on the suit between him and another PDP chieftain, Dr Uche Ogah, who contested the governorship position with the governor.