29.1 C
Abuja

Defection: Appeal Court rules in favour of Umahi, deputy

Advertisement

Related

Advertisement
Advertisement

THE Appeal Court in Enugu on Friday upheld the judgment of an Abakaliki High Court which dismissed a suit seeking the removal of Ebonyi State governor Dave Umahi and his deputy, Kelechi Igwe, over their defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressive Congress (APC).

The suit was brought by Sunny Ogbuoji, the APC candidate and runner up in the 2019 governorship election in Ebonyi State.

Ogbuoji had asked the court to declare the governorship seat vacant on account of Umahi and Igwe’s defection from the PDP to the APC.


READ ALSO:

I wish to run for second term, Buhari should run too- Dave Umahi

Ebonyi: Consultants resignations hit teaching hospital amidst multimillion naira intervention projects

PDP asks INEC to recognise Igariwey as Ebonyi governor

- Advertisement -

Igbo youth behind attacks in Ebonyi – Governor


The court was asked to order that Ogbuoji and his running mate, Justin Mbam Ogodo, be sworn in immediately since they came second in the governorship election.

Justice Henry Njoku of the Abakiliki High Court had dismissed the suit for lacking in merit, following which Ogbuoji approached the Court of Appeal in Enugu.

He asked the Court of Appeal to overturn the decision of the Abakiliki High Court.

However, delivering judgment in the application filed by Ogbuoji on Friday, a panel of the Court of Appeal Enugu led by Justice Alfa Belgore held that the appeal lacked merit and that the cases sighted are totally irrelevant to the matter brought before the court.

Justice Belgore noted that the removal of elected officials lies in the hands of the legislature and must be in line with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended.

He held that no legal action can be taken against a sitting president, vice president, governor and deputy governor in line with Section 308 of the Constitution.

Author profile
- Advertisement -

You can reach out to me on Twitter via: vincent_ufuoma

Support the ICIR

We invite you to support us to continue the work we do.

Your support will strengthen journalism in Nigeria and help sustain our democracy.

[molongui_author_box]

If you or someone you know has a lead, tip or personal experience about this report, our WhatsApp line is open and confidential for a conversation

Advertisement

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Support the ICIR

We need your support to produce excellent journalism at all times.

Advertisement

Recent

Footballer gets jail term over internet fraud in Kwara

A professional football player, Jacob Wisdom Chukwuemeka, has been sentenced to six years jail...

10 Kaduna teachers killed, scores abducted in 2022 – Union

THE Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS) has said more than 10 of...

NDLEA, Interpol sign MoU over access to global criminal data records

THE National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and the International Criminal Police Organization (ICPO),...

Governors contribute to electoral violence in Nigeria – Oshiomhole

A FORMER Edo State governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has said that state governors often contribute...

Columbia Journalism School offers schorlarship to its 2022 Sulzberger executive leadership program 

COLUMBIA Journalism School is inviting applications to its 2022 Sulzberger Executive Leadership programme.  The programme...
Advertisement

Most Read

Advertisement

Subscribe to our newsletter

Advertisement