PDP to takeover govt in Ebonyi, nominates governor, deputy
By Nweze Anaga, Abakaliki
The National leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has submitted the names of Hon. Iduma Igariwe as the new governor of Ebonyi State, and Mr. Fred Udogwu, as the new deputy governor.
This followed the Federal High Court’s removal of Mr David Umahi as governor, and his Deputy, Dr. Eric Kelechi Igwe, and the ordering of the PDP to submit their successors on Tuesday.
Briefing journalists in Abuja on the development, the National Chairman of PDP, Iyochia Ayu, said that after due consultation with stakeholders of the party in Ebonyi State, Hon. Iduma Igariwe was nominated to occupy the office of the governor while Mr. Fred Udeogu was norminated as the new deputy governor.
“We are happy to inform you that for the position of governor, after due consultation with stakeholders in Ebonyi State, we have norminated Hon. Iduma Igariwe for the position of Governor while Mr. Fred Udeogu should serve as the Deputy.”
Recall that the Federal High Court in Abuja sacked Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, and 17 other lawmakers in Ebonyi State House of Assembly Tuesday on the account of their unlawful defection from the PDP to the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The court declared their defection unlawful, unconstitutional, null and void and ordered them to immediately vacate their offices.
Justice Inyang Ekwo, in a separate judgment in a suit by the PDP on Tuesday, ordered the the governor, his deputy and Speaker of the House of Assembly and his co-defectors to immediately stop parading themselves as the governor and members of Ebonyi State House of Assembly.
He held that the votes that brought them to office belonged to the PDP and that the legislators cannot hold on to the votes having elected to defect from the party that nominated them.
Justice Ekwo also held that the votes cast for PDP in the 2019 election are not transferrable to the APC that failed in the election.