• Samson Omale

Court Rules In Favour of Governor Umahi's Defection

The Court of Appeal sitting in Enugu has ruled in favour of Governor Umahi's defection from the Peoples democratic party to the All progressive congress



The lead judge, Justice Belgore pointed out that the removal of elected officials, in this case, Governor Umahi and his deputy, lies in the hands of the legislature and must be in line with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended.


Justice Belgore held that the appeal lacked merit and that the cases sighted are totally irrelevant to the matter brought before the court.


The Court on Friday upheld the February 28th decision of the Abakaliki High Court bothering on the defection of Governor David Umahi and his deputy, Kelechi Igwe, from the People’s Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress (APC).


The judge specifically sighted section 308 of the Constitution and pointed out that no legal action can be taken against a sitting president and vice president, governor and his deputy.

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