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Court Declines Stay Of Execution Request By Gov Umahi, Deputy Of Sacking Judgment



Justice Inyang Ekwo of a Federal high Court in Abuja, has struck out the application for stay of execution on the judgment that sacked Ebonyi State governor, Dave Umahi and his deputy, Kelechi Igwe, from office for defecting from the Peoples Democracy Party to the All Progressives Congress.


Umahi and his deputy had two weeks ago asked the Federal High Court for an order staying the execution of its judgment that ordered their removal from office as governor and deputy governor of the state respectively.


Counsel to the governor and the deputy Chukwuma Machukwu Umeh SAN applied for withdrawal of the application to enable his clients to focus and concentrate on the substantive appeal.

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The court held that the matter has already been instituted before the Court Of Appeal and as such does not have any business in the court.


Justice Ekwo ordered Governor Umahi and his deputy to shift their legal battle against the judgment that sacked them to the appellate court.


A similar decision was invoked in another application for judgment stay by the sacked 16 lawmakers of the Ebonyi State House of Assembly


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