The Independent National Electoral Commission  has told a Federal High Court in Abuja that it issued a certificate of return to Uche Ogah,  in compliance with the order made in the judgment of the court delivered June 27.

The INEC said this when a motion seeking a stay of the execution of the judgment sacking Okezie Ikpeazu as the governor of the state came up for hearing.

INEC said it had already issued the certificate of return before the processes of the notice of appeal were served on the commission.

In a similar development, a State High Court sitting in Owerri, Imo State has fixed Friday for ruling on the matter filed by Friday Nwosu challenging the authenticity of the tax clearance documents presented by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Parties involved in the matter on Monday adopted their written addresses.

Friday Nwosu was one of the aspirants in the PDP's governorship primaries election in Abia State, which produced Governor Ikpeazu as the flag bearer of the party.