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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike on Saturday, declared that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is ready to do everything possible to reclaim its mandate from Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State.
Wike pointed out that the PDP was ready to follow the case up to the Supreme Court to reclaim its mandate from Umahi.
The Eastern Updates recalls that a Federal high court had last week ordered Umahi and his deputy to vacate their positions after defecting from their political party.
The court held that, the mandate belonged to PDP and not the candidate – Umahi.
Speaking during the inauguration of the Eastern Bypass Road in Port Harcourt, the state capital, Wike vowed to ensure that the PDP gets back Ebonyi State.
According to Wike, ‘If our party has done this earlier when people were leaving in the National Assembly, we won’t have had the problem we are having today.
‘That is one of the problems of party leadership. People cannot come out and take the bull by the horns. So, Governor Umahi, be rest assured that PDP will continue this matter down to Supreme Court. We will continue with the matter.
‘You carry the votes of another party and join another party. Can you transfer votes? You work hard for somebody to win the election and tomorrow, the person says I have defected.
‘If you have defected, leave the seat if you know it’s easy. And this will checkmate most of these political harlots who will never sit one place.
Justice Inyang Ekwo had ruled that Umahi can not transfer the votes that got him into power under the PDP into the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The judge had also ordered INEC to stop recognizing Umahi and his Deputy and asked the PDP to send names to the electoral umpire for their replacement.
The court said Umahi had forfeited his governorship when he defected from the PDP to join the ruling APC last year.
Meanwhile, an Ebonyi State High Court, sitting in Abakaliki, on Thursday, ordered Umahi to remain in office for a period of 7 days.
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