Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi has appealed the Federal High Court judgement which ordered the removal of him and his deputy, Eric Igwe, from office.
According to a notice appeal filed on Wednesday, Umahi and his deputy
stated that the Federal High Court erred in its ruling and, therefore,
disagreed with the entire judgment which ordered their sack for
defecting to the APC from the PDP.
In the appeal document, Umahi and his deputy argued that the trial court
was virtually setting aside the Supreme Court’s decision in the case
involving the Attorney General of the Federation and former Vice
President Atiku Abubakar to the effect that there is no constitutional
provisions prohibiting president or vice and invariably the governor and
or deputy governor from defecting to another political party.
They averred that the trial court erred in law when it relied on sections
68 and 109 of the constitution in holding that having defected from the
PDP to the APC, he offended the provisions of the constitution and must
vacate his office.
They further submitted that there is no provision in the constitution that
states that a governor or deputy governor will vacate his office if he
defects from his political party to another political party.
They, therefore, asked the appellate court to set aside the judgement of
the Federal High Court.