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APC has rejected the Federal High Court judgement over Umahi’s defection.

9Janewshub.com.ng reports that the Ebonyi state Chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has on Tuesday rejected the judgement of the Federal High Court Abuja over removal of Governor Dave Umahi and his deputy from office.

Recalled that Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court Abuja on Tuesday in his judgement asked  Dave Umahi and his deputy Dr. Kelechi Igwe, were asked to leave their offices based on the case that was brought before him by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) over their defection to APC.

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APC while reacting to the development through its Chairman, Mr Stanley Okoro-emegha noted that the presiding judge erred in his judgement and described it as an abuse of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended.

Stanley said there was alread subsisting judgements of a High Court in Abakaliki and in Zamfara State that held that a serving Governor or his Deputy cannot be sacked from office on account of their defection to another party.

He maintained that Justice Ekwo Inyang of acting the script of political detractors which was orchestrated to embarrass the Governor and his Deputy in order to achieve cheap political points.

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“The judgement was clearly biased and it’s unacceptable. Already there is a judgement from a High Court in Abakaliki and also in Zamfara state which said that a Governor and his Deputy can not be removed from office on account of their defection to another party.

“However, there is no need for panic as the judgement will surely be appealed. All members of the APC and supporters of the Governor are advised to remain calm and law-abiding” Stanley said.

Similarly the APC Senators have hurriedly met over fear of implosion.

The Senators that met in Abuja on Tuesday over the development  expressed their concerns  over seeming disarray in the party.

Briefing journalists after their closed door meeting which lasted for almost two hours, the leader of the Senate, Senator Yahaya Abdullahi (APC Kebbi North), said that the concern of the lawmakers on the platform of the APC at the moment is to save the party from further crisis at the national level.

He said: “What we are concerned about is the seeming disarray in the party, stressing that the Senators have resolved to serve as uniting block within the party to bring together all the various groups with vested interests.

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He said: “We are too worried about what is happening in our party and we expressed our concern over the challenges facing the party very close to its national convention.

“As a very important stakeholders in the party, we want to draw the attention of everyone involved to come together and unite so that we can have very successful convention in the party.

“This is not the time for exchanging regrets about what we could do. What is happening is about the future of our party and government and also the capacity of our party to win elections in 2023.

“We cannot afford to come to the convention  as a divided entity. Anywhere there are challenges that could cause the party its victory is a loss for everybody.

“So we have resolved to meet again to articulate the major issues and then meet with the various stakeholders and aspirants of the party to advise and call for unity and sense of purpose in order to make sure that we unite every faction,  every stakeholder of the party, so that the party can emerge victorious in 2023 elections”.

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The APC Senate Caucus however, commended the Extra-Ordinary National Convention Caretaker Committee for some of the gains it made within the last two years.

He said: “We have sat down as important stakeholders as a caucus in this great party, to dissect all the issues that have been affecting our party since the formation of the caretaker extraordinary convention planning committee.

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