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Nnamdi Kanu’s case: IPOB leader should have been released after first court judgement – Ufeli

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The court of appeal in Abuja has overturned a judgment which sacked David Umahi as governor of Ebonyi state.

 The appellate court, in a unanimous decision by a three-man panel led by Justice Haruna Tsanami, held that there is no constitutional provision for the removal of a serving governor or deputy governor that dumped the political party that sponsored them to power.

 The judge in his lead judgment said the sole recourse available to a political party aggrieved by the defection of a governor or deputy governor is to explore the constitutional provision of impeachment.

On March 8, Inyang Ekwo, judge of a federal high court in Abuja, held that the 393,042 votes polled by Umahi in the March 2019 governorship election belong to the PDP and cannot be legally transferred to the APC.

Consequently, Ekwo ordered the PDP to present another candidate or in the alternative, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should conduct a fresh poll within 90 days.

To speak more on these developments, legal expert, Evans Ufeli, thank you very much for joining us.




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