Court sacks Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi as well as 17 Ebonyi State legislators for illegally crossing from PDP to APC in 2020

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The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja Has ordered Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State and his Deputy Governor, Eric Kelechi Igwe as well as 17 lawmakers of the State to immediately vacate their positions as the Governor, deputy Governor and legislature of the State with immediate effect.

The PDP had gone to court since 2020, asking the court that Governor David Umahi, his Deputy Eric Kelechi Igwe and 17 legislators be removed from Office and replaced the 17 candidate, because it was illegal and immoral for the governor and other politicians to give the mandate by PDP voters in 2019 to another party who did not vote for them at that time

In his ruling, Justice Ekwo, agreed with the PDP that the Section 109(1) (g) of the 1999 Constitution forbids the governor or legislator to leave the political party that elected him or her into the office, and take their mandate to another political party that did not elect them.

The judge further explain that, a Governor or a lawmaker could only cross from the political party that elected him or her, if there was a division within the party that elected him or her, adding that in this particular case, there was no evidence of division in the PDP that elected them in Ebonyi State

Meanwhile, the Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi had given notice of appeal against the judgment by Justice Inyang Ekwo that, he and his Deputy be replaced by PDP candidate speaking in Abakaliki Ebonyi State capital, David umahi argued that the Court had no power to remove him because he had crossed from PDP to APC in 2020 as a result of what he described as, “injustices” inperpetrated against South East members of the party.


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