Umahi, deputy cannot remove from defecting to another party – Court rules | NN NEWS


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High Court sitting in Abakaliki, Ebonyi and Zamfara State has said that a governor and his deputy cannot be removed from office on account of their defection to another party.  

Recall that Justice Inyang Ekwo of Federal High Court Abuja, had removed Governor David Umahi and Deputy Governor Dr Kelechi Igwe from office for defecting from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the APC. 

But APC described Justice Inyang ruling as an abuse and mockery of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999)., “said the judgment was clearly biased and it’s unacceptable. 

The party’s state chairman, Chief Stanley Okoro-emegha, accused Iyang of acting the script of political detractors who were out to embarrass the governor and his deputy in order to achieve cheap political points. 

He said there is no need for panic as the judgment will surely be appealed. All APC members and the governor supporters are advised to remain calm and law-abiding.” 

Governor Umahi in reaction described the judgment as null and void and of no effect, stressing that he remained the governor. 

Addressing newsmen in his office in  Abakaliki, Umahi said he would not obey the judgment which he claimed contravened some critical stipulations of the 1999 Constitution on how to remove a serving governor or his deputy from office. 

He further accused Justice Iyang of corruption and bias, alleging that he was influenced to deliver the judgement against him. 

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