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Why judgment sacking Umahi, deputy is morally, legally sound – Lawyer

In response to the sack of Ebonyi state’s Governor and his deputy, an ace lawyer, Lucky Egboyi Esq, has stated that the court judgment delivered by Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja which sacked Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, and his Deputy is morally and legally sound.

The legal practitioner, in a statement made available to our correspondent, said the judgment will afford the apex court an opportunity to have a second look at the issue and take a final position, considering all the facts and circumstances of the matter.

According to Egboyi, “It’s appalling, despicable, morally and legally reprehensible that a governor will be elected on the platform of a political party. On assuming office, he abandons that political party that gave him the ladder to climb to the office and goes to join another party that could not win the election in the first place.

“I know that the supreme court had ruled in time past that there is nothing in our Constitution preventing a sitting governor from cross-carpeting from one political party to another unlike the position with the members of the legislature.”

“But I also know that in the celebrated case of Amechi vs INEC, the same Supreme Court ruled and handed down the immortal and immutable principle of law that the votes scored by a candidate in an election belong to the political party that sponsored the candidate, relying on section 221 of the Constitution. They don’t belong to the candidate.

“Applying this logic, Umahi contested and won the governorship of Ebonyi State under the auspices of PDP. It means that all the votes that earned him the victory belonged to PDP and not Umanhi as a person.”

“In as much as he has the right to join any political party of his choice, as part of his right to freedom of association; he has the right to change party, but he cannot carry those votes along with him to another party. They rightly belong to PDP.”

“The authority Amechi vs INEC remains the law until it’s set aside by the Supreme Court, which has not been done. Based on this legal position, I think the sack of Ebonyi State governor is in order and in tune with the law. It will go a long way in teaching our politicians to have some modicum of shame and principles. Other states like Zamfara and Cross River should follow suit.”


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