The 64 Coordinators of Development Centers in Ebonyi State has said they were dissatisfied with the judgement of the Abuja Federal High Court which sacked Governor David Umahi and his deputy, Dr Kelechi Igwe from office, for defecting to the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
The Coordinators under the aegis of Forum of Coordinators of the Development Centre, who made their position known while briefing Journalists on Tuesday at the old State Executive Chambers, Abakaliki, said the pronouncement by Justice Inyang Ekwo, on Umahi and his deputy, was surprising and shocking.
Chairman of the Forum, Hon. Beatrice Eze, who spoke on behalf of the Coordinators, said it was surprising and shocking that Justice Ekwo in his ruling, ordered that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) should submit to INEC, names of people who never stood for elections to be sworn-in as Governor and Deputy, respectively, in place of a duly elected Governor and his Deputy.
“We call on the Appeal Court to immediately rise to protect the sanctity of our constitution by upturning Ekwo’s judgement, so as to avert the danger this judgement is capable of imposing on Nigeria’s hard-earned democracy”, the Forum added.
The Forum while expressing confidence in the impartiality of the judiciary, was upbeat that Justice Ekwo’s judgement would be reversed by the Court of Appeal.
“We are confident in the impartiality of the Judiciary, the reason for which the said judgement has been appropriately appealed; again, proving that Governor Umahi is an ardent respecter of the law and legal frameworks”, the Forum noted.
The Forum further said, “Governor Umahi is our Governor till 2023 as his defection to APC has not offended any portion or section of the Constitution or extant laws.”
They maintained that no amount of distraction from the enemies, especially from those making futile attempts to take over the office of the Governor and his deputy, through the backdoor, would stop the accomplishment of Governor Umahi’s 2023 presidential ambition.
“Your Excellency, your party is our party, your next move, your glorious and triumphant entry into Aso Rock come 2023 is our collective mission which must be accomplished and this distraction from the enemies of the ‘New Ebonyi State’ which you birthed and nurtured will certainly not hold water but will end in praise as their move to get enthroned into the seat of power through the back door is an evidence of their disconnection with the grassroot.
“Your Excellency, you have given Ebonyi a new song through your people-oriented policies and programmes, evident in your giant developmental strides for which our unflinching support has come to stay with you as we can’t afford to “sing the Lord’s song in a strange land.
“We hereby advise those who wish to fight Governor David Umahi, too, first of all, read about David in the Bible,” the Forum noted.
The Forum further hailed the courage of many Nigerians who were against the judgement, adding, “we assure this set of patriotic Nigerians that this honour and sense of nobility done by speaking out won’t be abused.”