Umahi Reacts, Blasts Justice Ekwo

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State

Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, has faulted the decision of Justice Inyang Ekwo to remove him and his Deputy from office.

Declaring that he was still the governor, Umahi, said he was not surprised that the judge delivered the judgement in favour of the PDP, adding, “Ekwo was charged and needed to discharge.”

Umahi, who spoke during a press conference, in Abakaliki, on Tuesday, expressed worry for the Nigerian judiciary, saying, “I feel sorry for the Nigerian judiciary.” The governor said he will appeal the judgement.

He said, “I am still the Governor of Ebonyi State and there is no tension at all. In the first place, there is no constitutional provision for any hatchet man to remove a governor. There are three ways whereby a governor can vacate his office: it’s either by death, resignation, and impeachment.

“There is no other constitutional provision that empowers a hatchet man to turn the constitution upside down.

“I have listened to the judgement of Inyang Ekwo and it’s very obvious that he was on a mission. He was making all efforts to upturn the rulings of the appeal and supreme courts, on issues like this.

“We heard the rumours before now that he was determined to give judgement against all known laws and the constitution, first to embarrass the APC, and to equally embarrass the Federal Government.

“We have petitioned the NJC ( National Judicial Commission) and we will follow it up to the end to ensure that this man (Ekwo) is brought to justice. I want you to disregard the judgement, because it’s null and void.”

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