We Are Confused By Courts’ Orders On Ebonyi Gov’s Defection – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that it cannot yet take a stance on the controversy surrounding the court order which sacked Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State and his Deputy, Chief Kelechi Igwe.

The commission disclosed this in a statement issued by Festus Okoye, National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education in Abuja on Thursday.

An Abuja court had ordered Umahi and Igwe’s removal over his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party to the ruling All progressives Congress (APC).

The court held that votes cast in the 2019 election were for the PDP and Umahi could no longer hold office after leaving the party. It will be recalled that the commission met on Thursday 17th March on the matter, decided to defer its deliberation on the Ebonyi cases and stepped down the listed memorandum to enable its Legal Services and Clearance Committee to study the new processes served on it in the light of the previously served ones and advise the commission comprehensively.

On Osun State governorship election, Okoye said that the commission would today publish in its state and local government offices in Osun State the list and personal particulars of candidates of 15 political parties who emerged from valid primaries.

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