The Court of Appeal Enugu Division on Friday struck out a suit seeking the sack of Ebonyi Governor David Umahi and his Deputy, Kelechi Igwe from office for defection.


The duo in November 2020 defected to the All Progressive Congres,
APC, from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.


Following their defection, the candidate of the APC in the 2019
Governorship election, Senator Sonni Ogbuoji and his running mate,
Justin Ogbodo Mbam, approached an Ebonyi High Court seeking the
sack of the Governor and his Deputy on account of their defection from
the PDP to the APC.


Ogbuoji and Mbam also demanded the Court to order that they be
sworn-in immediately as Governor and Deputy having emerged second
in the said election.

But the High Court, in a judgement on February 28, struck out the suit
and awarded N500, 000 as damages against the plaintiffs.
Not satisfied with the ruling, the plaintiffs appealed the decision.


But in a 37-minute judgement, the Appellate Court agreed with the
lower Court’s ruling on the matter and dismissed the suit for being
inconsistent with the Constitution and extant laws of the country.

Meanwhile, the Court of Appeal in Abuja is yet to hear Umahi’s appeal
seeking to void the judgment of an Abuja Federal High Court which
sacked him from office on account of his defection.