INEC Statement on Umahi’s Sack as Ebonyi State Governor

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has reacted to the ousting of Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi and His Deputy, saying it would take action when it receives documents from the ruling court.

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja earlier today, ordered the Governor and his deputy, Eric Igwe, to vacate their seats on the grounds that the PDP won the election on March 2019 and not its candidates.

Citing section 221 of the constitution, Justice Inyang Ekwo ordered the PDP immediately send names of replacements to INEC so as to conduct fresh elections.

The Commission has not been served with a copy of the said judgement. The Commission will meet and take a decision when it is served with a Certified True Copy of the judgement,” Mr Okoye said to Peoples Gazette when reached for clarification.

Justice Inyang Ekwo ordered the electoral body to stop recognising Mr Umahi and his deputy and that the Peoples Democratic Party send names to INEC to replace the governor and deputy.

The new development comes hours after the opposition PDP urged INEC to issue certificates of return to Iduma Igariwey and Fred Udogwu as the new governor and deputy for Ebonyi.

The party said the electoral office should confirm to serve as deputy governor forthwith, according to a short statement released by its media department on Tuesday afternoon.


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