NBA Lambastes Umahi Over Response To Court Ruling

NBA Lambastes Umahi Over Response To Court Ruling
NBA President, Olumide Akpata
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The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) on Wednesday slammed Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi over his comments and his blunt refusal to obey a court order which has asked him to vacate office as governor of the State.

In a statement by NBA President, Olumide Akpata which was sighted by Africa Daily News, New York described Umahi’s response as ‘impunity of the highest order and executive rascality taken too far.’

Mr Akpata stressed that the NBA has absolutely no interest in the outcome of the case in question and will continue to stay away from partisan politics.

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He added that the NBA ‘condemns without equivocation, Umahi’s unfortunate diatribe which, if it had emanated from an average litigant, would still have been regarded as shocking but coming from one who occupies the exalted office of a State Governor, is nothing short of a national embarrassment.’

Akpata said Umahi is expected to have called for calm from his supporters and assured them that all legal and constitutional avenues would be explored to challenge the judgment but instead gave such a response.

The NBA, therefore, demand an immediate apology from the governor and a retraction of the comments he made against the person and Judgment of the Hon. Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court.

Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has revealed that it was yet to be served the certified True Copy of the Federal High Court that sacked Governor Umahi and his deputy.

Mr Festus Okoye, the INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee made this known in an interview with newsmen in Abuja.

Okoye pointed out that the commission would meet and take decision when It received the certified true copy of the court judgment.

Africa Daily News, New York had earlier reported that a Federal High Court, Abuja, presided over by Justice Inyang Ekwo, on Tuesday, ordered Governor Umahi to vacate office after his defection from the PDP to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK

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