Just In! I’m still Governor of Ebonyi — Umahi rejects sack by court

Governor Dave Umahi, of Ebonyi State, has rejected the ruling of an Abuja Federal High Court which sacked him from office.

Umahi, who maintained that he is still the governor of the State despite the court ruling, said the ruling would be disregarded by his followers.

Addressing newsmen in his office in Abakaliki, the State capital, Governor Umahi described the ruling as “jungle justice that was purchased.”

The governor insisted that such ruling was not a good development for the Judiciary.

Recall that Justice Inyang Ekwo, of the Federal High Court, Abuja, had sacked Umahi as governor of Ebonyi State and his Deputy, Dr. Kelechi Igwe from office.

The judge sacked Umahi and his Deputy over their unlawful defection from the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Ekwo held that the vote that brought the governor and his Deputy into office belonged to the PDP and that they cannot hold onto the votes having elected to jettison the party that nominated them.

The judge ruled that the governor and his Deputy’s defection was unlawful, unconstitutional, null, and void and ordered them to vacate their offices immediately.

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