Abuja Federal High Court has ordered immediate sack of the Ebonyi state governor David Umahi over his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).
Justice Inyang Ekwo, in his judgement delivered, also sacked Eric Kelechi Igwe as the state’s deputy governor.
The judge held while pointing out the votes Umahi secured during the March 9, 2019 governorship election in Ebonyi State was garnered under the flag of PDP and not the APC.
According to the court, the defection of the duo to the APC, both Umahi and his deputy, not only abandoned the PDP, but also the votes that belonged to the party.
The judge further note and held that going by the outcome of the governorship election, the office of the governor and deputy governor in Ebonyi State belongs to the PDP and not the APC.
“There is no constitutional provision that made the ballot transferrable from one party to the other,” Justice Ekwo stated.