Umahi: INEC Releases Fresh Updates on Ebonyi Governor’s Sack, Reveals Next Action

Umahi: INEC Releases Fresh Updates on Ebonyi Governor’s Sack, Reveals Next Action

  • The controversy over the leadership of Ebonyi state is still messy and inconclusive at the moment as there is no clear or distinctive decision over who is the authentic governor of the state
  • But there is good news for Governor David Umahi following a statement issued by INEC to hands-off from any further actions
  • This decision is due to a conflicting court judgment that has failed to identify which is supreme and potent to the law

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will put on hold all actions on court judgment which saw Ebonyi state governor, David Umahi, and his deputy get axed from the administrative seat of the state, The Guardian reports.

INEC says the decision was based on the numerous court orders that have consistently been issued to the electoral body over the conflicting and controversial issue of the Ebonyi state seat of power.

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David Umahi, INEC, Iduma Igariwey, Ebonyi state
PDP nominee, Iduma Igariwey has vehemently lashed out at Governor David Umahi to respect the court and vacate his seat. Photo Credit: (Iduma Igariwey)
Source: Facebook gathered that the INEC commissioner, Festus Okoye in a statement issued on Thursday, March 24 said after many considerations and discussions within the administrators of the electoral body, INEC decided to suspend further actions.

He said:

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“The commission deliberated extensively on these cases and decided to further suspend action on the defection of the governor and deputy governor of Ebonyi State and 16 members of the State House of Assembly from PDP to APC in the light of the conflicting judgments and orders served on it from courts of coordinate jurisdiction.
“The commission also considers it prudent to stay action on the conflicting judgments and orders being aware of the pendency of Appeals and Motions for Stay of Execution of some of the judgments before various divisions of the Court of Appeal.”

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Osun 2022: INEC rejects nominations of three political party

In another development, Okoye also disclosed that the electoral body rejected nominations of three political parties in Osun state ahead of the July 16 gubernatorial elections.

INEC disclosed that Action Alliance (AA); African Democratic Congress (ADC) and the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) had their candidates nullified.

Okoye while explaining the reason for their rejection said the affected candidates did not follow the statutory guideline of the constitution.

He stated that only 15 political parties out of the 18 political parties who submitted names of their candidates will be allowed to contest at the Osun state gubernatorial elections.

PDP alerts INEC over APC's national convention

In another related event, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has warned INEC to be a part of the activities of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) at its national convention.

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gave the warning in a statement released by its spokesman Debo Ologunagba on Thursday, March 24.

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Ologunagba in a statement shared on the opposition's Facebook page warned that the electoral body would be going outside its statutory mandate under the constitution by attending or monitoring the purported convention.

Ekiti 2023: Yiaga Africa deploys observers across all 16 LGAs

In another election report, apex electoral observation group, Yiaga Africa says it has trained and deployed its observation team across the 16 local government areas of the state, reports.

No fewer than 24 observers were certified to oversee the pre-electoral and electoral proceedings of the gubernatorial elections in the state.

In a statement, Yiaga Africa said the pre-election observation will include observing efforts by election stakeholders in educating and mobilizing the voters ahead of the election to improve on the abysmally low turnout recorded in the 2018 elections.


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