The inauguration of Dr. Samson Ogah as the new governor of Abia state has been stalled by the absence of the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Theresa Uzoukwu.
An Abuja Federal High Court judge, Justice Okon Abang, had on Monday ordered Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu to immediately vacate office on account of non-payment of tax for the years 2011 to 2013, which gave room for Ogah to be sworn into the office.
Ogah, who was issued a Certificate of Return by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday, returned to the state to be sworn in accordingly.
However, his inauguration could not take place as the Chief Judge of the state was nowhere to be found.
This follows an ex parte injunction obtained by Ikpeazu from a state High Court in Osisioma, restraining the chief judge from swearing in Ogah.
Ikpeazu, who insists he remains the governor of the state, had also declared Friday and Monday next week as public holidays in honour of Chief Ojo Maduekwe, the former Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party and a prominent Abia son, who died in Abuja on Wednesday.
Many believe that the move to declare Friday and Monday as public holiday was done to further prevent Ogah’s inauguration.