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Umahi’s Kinsmen Protest Governors Sack By Court

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The people of Uburu, Okposi and Uguwlangwu clans in Ohaozara Local Government Area of Ebonyi State Tuesday aftertoon, converged at Obiozara, the Headquarters of Ohaozara local government area of the State to protest the recent federal High Court ruling Which ordered Governor David Umahi and his deputy, Kelechi Igwe, to vacate their positions for defecting from Peoples Democratic party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Chairman of Ohaozara Local Government Area,Mrs. Nkechinyere Iyioku and the National President of Akubaraoha Youths Assembly (AYA), Mr. Mark Onu and other stakeholders from the area led the protesters.
The people who brandished different placards with several inscriptions described the judgement as unfair, and  declared their unalloyed support and solidarity to the Governor and his deputy.
Addressing the people, Chairman of Ohaozara Local Government Area and Chairman of ALGON in the state ,Mrs  Nkechinyere Iyioku, urged the  appellate courts to dismiss the ruling of the Federal High Court and reinstate the Governor and his Deputy to enable them finish the numerous on going projects in the State.

The Eastern Updates recalls that Umahi and his deputy, Eric Igwe, were last week ordered by a Federal High Court in Abuja to vacate their seats as the sitting governor and deputy respectively, on grounds that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won the election on March 2019 and not its candidate.

The court ruled that, having defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Governor Umahi and his deputy cannot transfer the mandate of the PDP to the APC.

Justice Inyang Ekwo who cited section 221 of the constitution in his ruling, ordered the PDP immediately send names of replacements to INEC so that fresh elections can be conducted.

Justice Ekwo also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to cease from recognising Umahi and Igwe as the governor and deputy governor of the Ebonyi State.

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