Gov. David Umahi appeals Court order sacking him, Deputy.

Written by on March 10, 2022

Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi has appealed the Federal High Court judgement which ordered the removal of him and his deputy, Eric Igwe, from office.

According to a notice appeal filed in Suit No: FHC/ABJ/CS/920/2021 on Wednesday and obtained by the media, Umahi, and his deputy stated that the Federal High Court erred in his ruling and they, therefore, disagreed with the entire judgment which ordered their sack for defecting to the All Progressive Congress (APC) from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

In the appeal document, Umahi and his deputy argued that the trial court was virtually setting aside the Supreme Court’s decision in the case involving the Attorney General of the Federation and former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, to the effect that there is no constitutional provisions prohibiting president or vice and invariably the governor and or deputy governor from defecting to another political party.

They further submitted that there is no provision in the constitution that states that a governor or deputy governor will vacate his office if he defects from his political party to another political party.

They, therefore, asked the appellate court to set aside the judgement of the Federal High Court.

——- NBA slams Dave Umahi, describes response to Court Order as Executive Rascality.

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has slammed Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi for refusing to obey a court order which has asked him to vacate office as governor of the state.

NBA President, Olumide Akpata, in a statement on Wednesday, described Umahi’s response as impunity of the highest order and executive rascality taken too far.

Akpata said Umahi is expected to have called for calm from his supporters and assured them that all legal and constitutional avenues would be explored to challenge the judgment but instead gave such a response.

The NBA, therefore, demand an immediate apology from the governor and a retraction of the comments he made against the person and Judgment of the Hon. Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court.

Seun Fakorede

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