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The Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi has reacted to the ruling of the federal High court sitting in Abakaliki, wherein the local government election that produced the 13 chairmen of LGA’S was voided.
The Eastern Updates gathered that the governor had slated 1st September 2022 for the inauguration of the sacked chairmen.
Umahi in a statement signed and made available to journalists in Abakaliki, by his Special Assistant on Strategy, Chooks Oko, said the court was curious to rule on the prayers that were not asked by the plaintiff.
The statement reads in part: ‘The attention of the Executive Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr David N. Umahi has been drawn to the curious ruling of the Federal High Court sitting in Abakaliki Thursday nullifying the July 30, 2022, Local Government elections held across the state.
‘It is on record that none of the grounds of the litigants included nullification of the election but the court bizarrely came up with such an order.
‘The election generally acknowledged as peaceful and orderly, produced our incoming leaders at the local government level having followed all laid-down procedures to the letter.
‘Being law-abiding, the Governor enjoins all Ebonyians to be calm and go about their businesses peacefully while our Lawyers study the judgement to determine the best way forward.
‘His belief in the judiciary as the bastion of justice and equity remains unshaken’ he stressed.
The Eastern Updates reports that the local government election was conducted on 30th July; 2022 by the Ebonyi State Independent National Electoral Commission EBSIEC.
The Presiding Judge Fatun Riman in suit No. FHC/AI/CS/151/2022 ruled that the conduct of the Ebonyi local government election was undemocratic and unlawful and therefore declared it null and void.