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Umahi, deputy seek stay of execution on ouster order

By Ameh Ochojila, Abuja
11 March 2022   |   3:33 am
Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi and his deputy, Dr. Kelechi Igwe, have prayed the Federal High Court for an order staying the execution of its judgment directing them to vacate their offices as governor and deputy governor.

David Umahi. Photo: FACEBOOK/GREATDAVEUMAHI2019

• PDP’s suit against Zamfara gov, others for final adoption April 8

Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi and his deputy, Dr. Kelechi Igwe, have prayed the Federal High Court for an order staying the execution of its judgment directing them to vacate their offices as governor and deputy governor.

Chukwuma Ma-Chukwu Ume (SAN), who filed the motion on notice on behalf of his counsel, prayed the court for an order staying the execution of the orders made in the judgment delivered on March 8, 2022, directing Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to immediately receive from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) the names of its candidates to replace them.

He also urged a stay of execution of the order directing INEC to hold a governorship election in accordance with Section 177(c) of the 1999 Constitution.

MEANWHILE, a Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed April 8 for adoption of final addresses in a suit by the PDP seeking removal from office of Zamfara State Governor, Bello Mutawale, over his defection from the party to the APC.

Justice Inyang Ekwo fixed the date, yesterday, after parties in the suit confirmed joining issues with each other. Also for possible sack, alongside the governor, are the senators, House of Representatives members and state House of Assembly members who decamped to the ruling party along with Matawalle.

Emmanuel Ukala (SAN), who stood for PDP, confirmed to Ekwo that all his processes have been filed and served on all the defendants, while Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), who stood for the governor and 34 others, confirmed similar position.

INEC and APC, which are also defendants in the suit, have joined issues. At the proceedings, Ekwo said that with completion of exchange of processes by parties, the stage has been set for definite hearing of all pending motions along with the substantive matter.