NJC clears Justice Abang of any wrongdoing in Abia, PDP judgements

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According to reports, the National Judicial Council has cleared Justice Okon Abang of any wrongdoing in the June 27 judgement against the Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu.

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The NJC also said Mr. Abang did no wrong in his June 29 ruling where he endorsed a faction of the Peoples Democratic Party, led by former Borno State Governor, Ali Sheriff, as authentic.

In separate letters to four different petitioners who had written against Mr. Abang, the NJC said it found “no proof of misconduct” against the Federal High Court judge.

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One of the petitioners, Ayodele Ibini, a factional secretary of the PDP from Ondo State, had asked the NJC to investigate the judge for alleged judicial misconduct in the June 29 ruling where Mr. Sheriff was recognised as authentic PDP chairman.

Also businessmen Henry Balogun and Emeka Eze, and their counterpart Charles Esonu, all leaders of the PDP from Abia State, petitioned the NJC, alleging that Mr. Abang abused his official privileges in his decision on Abia on June 27.

They demanded investigations into alleged judicial misconduct by the judge.

The council said it dismissed all four petitions for their failure to substantially prove any wrongdoing against Mr. Abang.

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The petitioners alleged that Mr. Abang abused his official privileges in his decisions on the Abia and Ondo State crisis.

The NJC, however, said it found no record of misconduct or abuse of judicial powers in the decisions made by Mr. Abang regarding both judgements.

Mr. Abang had sacked Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State after finding him guilty of tax evasion.

The judge ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to issue certificate of return to businessman Samson Ogah, also a member of the party. That decision was nullified by the Appeal Court.

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Mr. Abang also nullified the national convention of the PDP that produced Ahmed Makarfi as leader. He said the decision of the PDP to embark on the convention, despite a court order from a Lagos High Court, amounted to impunity.

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