- The national leadership of the PDP has announced the replacement for Governor Umahi of Ebonyi state and his deputy and submitted their names to INEC
- The party took the step after the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Tuesday, March 8, sacked Umahi and his deputy for defecting from the PDP to the APC
- Iduma Igariwe and Fred Udogwu were nominated as the new Ebonyi governor and deputy governor respectively
FCT, Abuja - The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it has submitted the names of its nominees for governor and deputy governor of Ebonyi state, respectively, to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Legit.ng notes that the lead opposition party took the step after a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Tuesday, March 8, sacked Dave Umahi, governor of Ebonyi, and Eric Kelechi Igwe, his deputy, for defecting to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Following the development, Iyorchia Ayu, the national chairman of the PDP, at a media briefing on Tuesday, said the party had nominated Iduma Igariwe and Fred Udogwu to replace Umahi and Igwe respectively.
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Governor Umahi breaks silence, says judge lacks power to remove him
Meanwhile, Governor Umahi has reacted to the judgement of the Federal High Court in Abuja that declared his seat and that of his deputy, Igwe, vacant.
The Ebonyi governor said Justice Inyang Ekwo lacks the power to remove him from office and has put the judiciary on trial.
The PDP had earlier approached the court, asking for Umahi’s removal after he defected from the party to the APC in November 2020.
Court gives fverdict on suit seeking Zamfara governor's sack for defecting to APC
Contrary to the verdict by the Federal High Court in Abuja, the Federal High Court sitting in Gusau, the Zamfara state capital, recently struck out a suit filed against Governor Bello Matawalle for defecting from the PDP to the APC.
Recall that the governor of Zamfara state dumped the PDP for the APC in June 2021 after weeks of speculations and political intrigues.
His decision to join the APC had angered some PDP chieftains, Bashir Saleh, Ibrahim Muhammed Turaki and Andulhamid Haruna, who proceeded to the court to seek his removal.