- Plans are in top gear to ensure Governor Dave Umahi's replacement in the PDP is announced very soon
- One name that is on the list of most party chieftains is that of Barr. Silas Joseph Onu, a legal practitioner, and entrepreneur
- Onu is also a former publicity secretary of the PDP in Ebonyi, and contested the state party chairmanship seat recently
FCT, Abuja - Barring any last-minute changes, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is putting finishing touches to submitting the name of a possible replacement for the sacked Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi state.
It would be recalled the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja presided by Justice Inyang Ekwo sacked Umahi and his deputy, Dr. Eric Kelechi in a suit brought by the PDP against his defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to multiple sources at the national secretariat of the PDP, it was confirmed that “the party is currently consulting on who to push forward as his replacement as declared by the court with immediate effect.
Confirming the development, a source said:
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“Barr. Silas Joseph Onu, a legal practitioner, an entrepreneur turned politician is prominent amongst the name under consideration.
“Onu who is the president, Young Entrepreneurs Award, and former publicity secretary of the PDP, contested the state party chairmanship seat in the last state congress.
“Onu, an activist who is one of the most vocal voices against the recently sacked governor since he exited the PDP for the ruling opposition party and one of the main pillars of the party in the State.
“The University of Jos graduate in March 2021 cried out over alleged threat to life by Governor David Umahi and his many loyal appointees.
“Onu is from the same community Uburu, Ohaozara local government of Ebonyi state, which positioned him as a possible replacement for Umahi, if equity is given preference since the district is likely to be disadvantaged in gubernatorial contest in the 2023 general elections.”
Court sacks Umahi, deputy over defection from PDP to APC
Legit.ng had earlier reported that a Federal High Court in Abuja sacked Governor Umahi of Ebonyi and his deputy, Eric Igwe, over their defection to the APC.
Justice Inyang Ekwo, in a judgment on Tuesday, March 8, held that their defection was unconstitutional because the PDP won the election on March 2019 and not its candidate.
Having defected to the APC, Governor Umahi and his deputy cannot transfer the mandate of the PDP to the APC, the court held.
Umahi breaks silence, says judge lacks the power to remove him
Reacting to the judgement, Governor Umahi said Justice Inyang Ekwo lacks the power to remove him from office.
The embattled governor also stated that the judge has put the Nigerian judiciary on trial.
It is, however, not clear what steps the governor will take next to get the courts to bach him.