PDP moves to take over Ebonyi from Umahi; submits nominees for new governor, deputy to INEC

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday forwarded two names to the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), for onward issuance of Certificates of Return as the new governor and deputy for Ebonyi State.

The opposition party said it submitted the names of the two nominees to replace the sacked governor, David Umahi and his Deputy, Dr. Eric Kelechi Igwe, to the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC).

The PDP National Chairman, Senator, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, disclosed that the party submitted the names of Hon. Iduma Igariwey, a serving member of the House of Representatives, as governor and Fred Udogwo as a deputy to the Commission.

Ayu stated this while addressing a world press conference at the PDP National Headquarters, Wadata Plaza, Abuja, yesterday.

The submission came hours after Dave Umahi was removed as governor of Ebonyi by a Federal High Court in Abuja. The court said Gov. Umahi had forfeited his governorship when he defected from the PDP to join the ruling All Progressives Congress, (APC), last year.

Umahi apparently took the decision to enhance his chances of running as a presidential candidate on the platform of the ruling party. He has also been dropping President Muhammadu Buhari’s name as his major backer for his presidential ambition.

It is yet unclear how INEC would implement yesterday’s judgment, especially as Gov. Umahi has the backing of the ruling APC that controls state tools needed to enforce it. Furthermore, Gov. Umahi did not indicate any plan of appealing the judgment when he reacted to it yesterday. He only lambasted the judge, vowing to defy the ruling and remain in office until next year when his tenure will be up.

INEC’s spokesman did not immediately return a request seeking comments about the controversy as of the time of filing this report.

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