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Appeal Court dismisses suit against Umahi

The Appeal Court sitting in Enugu has dismissed the suit seeking the sack of Ebonyi Governor David Umahi and his Deputy, Kelechi Igwe from office for defection.

The suit filed by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Ebonyi State, in the 2019 Governorship election, Sonni Ogbuoji and his Deputy, Chief Justin Ogbodo Mbam, demanded the Court to declare the seats of Governor David Nweze Umahi and his Deputy, Dr Kelechi Igwe vacant on account of their defection from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to the APC.

Recall that on Tuesday, February 28, 2022, the Ebonyi State High Court sitting in Abakaliki, struck out the same suit and awarded N500, 000 as damages against the plaintiff.

Umahi and his deputy had in November 2020 defected to the All Progressive Congress(APC) from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).