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You lack power to sack me, Gov Umahi tells judge

GOVERNOR Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State says Justice Inyang Ekwo lacks the power to remove him and his deputy from office.

The governor who vowed to remain in office said the verdict has put the judiciary on trial.

Umahi was reacting to a judgement by the Federal High Court judge in Abuja that declared his seat and that of his deputy, Kelechi Igwe, vacant.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had approached the court, asking for Umahi’s removal after he defected from the party to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in November 2020.

Citing section 221 of the constitution, Justice Inyang Ekwo ordered the PDP to immediately send names of replacements to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) so that fresh elections can be conducted.

Justice Ekwo also ordered INEC to cease from recognising Umahi and Igwe as the governor and deputy governor of the Ebonyi State.

Delivering judgement in the case, the presiding judge, Justice ordered the governor and his deputy to vacate office, adding that their defection was illegal, null and unconstitutional.

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