A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi and his Deputy, Eric Igwe, to vacate their seats as the sitting governor and deputy respectively.
In his ruling, the presiding Judge, Inyang Ekwo, noted that the order was on the grounds that the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, won the election on March 2019 and not the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Justice Ekwo, held that their defection was illegal, null and unconstitutional.
While citing section 221 of the constitution, the Judge, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to receive names of candidates from the PDP to replace the former governor and his deputy.
Meanwhile, in a separate judgement, the court also sacked the Speaker of the State House of Assembly and Lawmakers who defected to APC.