DEFECTION: Court Sacks Ebonyi Governor Dave Umahi And Deputy


A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered Governor David Umahi and his deputy, Dr. Eric Igwe to immediately vacate office as governor and deputy governor of Ebonyi State.

Justice Inyang Ekwo in his judgment held that by defecting from the Peoples Democracy Party (PDP) on which they were sponsored and elected as governor and deputy governor of Ebonyi State to the APC, a political party that did not win the election, they had resigned or are deemed to have resigned from office.

The court therefore restrained David Umahi and Eric Igwe from parading themselves as governor and deputy governor of Ebonyi State, respectively. .

The court therefore ordered the Peoples Democratic Party to nominate candidates to replace Umahi and Igwe as Governor and deputy governor of Ebonyi state respectively.

The court restrained INEC from recognizing David Umahi and Eric Igwe as governor and deputy governor of Ebonyi state.

It also ordered that the PDP should send such names to the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC).

In an originating summons marked FHC/ABJ/CS/920/2021, the PDP had principally urged the court to make a declaration that by defecting from the party on which they were sponsored and elected as governor and deputy governor of Ebonyi State respectively to the APC, a political party that did not win the election, they had resigned or are deemed to have resigned from office.

The plaintiff stated that “by so doing, the defendants are deemed to have lost the majority votes scored at the election and consequently should be ordered by the court to vacate their respective offices like governor and deputy governor of Ebonyi State”.


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