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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has nominated Iduma Enwo Igariwey as a replacement for Governor David Umahi, and Mr Fred Udeogu as Deputy Governor.
This came just a few hours after a Federal High Court in Abuja ordered the Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi and his Deputy, Eric Igwe, to vacate their seats as Governor and Deputy respectively, on grounds that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won the election on March 2019 and not the candidates.
Africa Daily News, New York recalls that the governor and his deputy were elected into office in the 2015 and 2019 general elections on the platform of the PDP. However, they defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2020.
Following the defection, the PDP approached the court, asking for Umahi’s removal citing their grievances.
While delivering judgment on the matter on Tuesday, Justice Inyang Ekwo held that having defected to the APC, Governor Umahi, and his deputy cannot transfer the mandate of the PDP to their current party, the APC.
He described their defection as illegal, null and unconstitutional.
Citing section 221 of the constitution, Justice Ekwo, therefore, ordered the PDP to immediately send names of replacements to INEC so that fresh elections can be conducted.
Justice Ekwo also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to cease from recognising Umahi and Igwe as the Governor and Deputy Governor of the Ebonyi State.
Reacting to the judgment, Governor Umahi said Justice Ekwo lacked the power to remove him from office. He also went on to heavily crticise the Judge saying that the country was ‘in trouble’ with such judges presiding over matters. Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has disclosed that they were yet to be served with Certified True Copies of the judgement to enable it decide the next line of action.
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK