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Defection: Ebonyi governor, deputy removed from office

The governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, and his Deputy, Dr Eric Kelechi Igwe, were on Tuesday removed from office over their defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to All Progressive Congress (APC).

They were sacked by Justice Inyang Ekwo of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, Nigeria.

The judge decided while handing down his judgment over the matter.

Justice Ekwo held that the total number of 393,042 votes Umahi secured at the 9th March 2019 Ebonyi State governorship election, belonged to the PDP, hence could not be legally transferred to the APC.

The court noted that both Umahi and his Igwe’s defection to the APC, not only threw out the PDP, but also the votes that belonged to it.

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