Ebonyi State Governor Umahi + Deputy Igwe Sacked For Defecting To APC

The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Tuesday, sacked Governor David Nweze Umahi of Ebonyi state and his deputy, Dr. Eric Kelechi Igwe, for defecting to the All Progressives Congress (APC) after been brought to power under the umbrella of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)


Ebonyi State Deputy Gov. Igwe

In the judgment delivered by Justice Inyang Ekwo, it was upheld that, the “total number of 393, 042 votes governor Umahi secured during the March 9, 2019 governorship election in Ebonyi state, belonged to the PDP and same could not be legally transferred to the APC” because “There is no constitutional provision that made the ballot transferrable from one party to the other.”


The court therefore ruled that both Umahi and his deputy can no longer lay claims to the votes belonging to PDP after their defection; and so, they cease to be the governor and deputy governor of Ebonyi state respectively; and that they are expected to immediately vacate their leadership positions for the plaintiffs (PDP) to take over.

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