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Enemies are writing petition to EFCC against me -Umahi

Umahi EFCC Petition

The Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, has said his enemies are currently writing petitions against him before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

According to him, they resorted to using the anti-graft agency after failing with the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

The governor said this on Friday in reaction to a court judgment which dismissed a suit challenging him and his deputy.

He said, “The enemies have tried using the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the courts but failed.

“They are presently writing all forms of frivolous petitions to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

“We will, however, defeat them anywhere they go and will finish strongly.”

Kemifilani reported that a suit filed by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Ebonyi State, in the 2019 Governorship election, Senator Sonni Ogbuoji and his Deputy, Chief Justin Ogbodo Mbam, against Umahi and his Deputy, Dr Kelechi Igwe, was on Friday dismissed by an Appeal Court.

The suit had called for the seat if the governor and his deputy to be declared vacant on account of their defection from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to the APC.

According to Justice A.O Belgore, the suit was dismissed for being inconsistent with the constitution and extant laws of the country.

The same suit had been struck out by Ebonyi State High Court sitting in Abakaliki which awarded N500, 000 as damages against the plaintiff.

The Appeal Court sitting in Enugu, Friday dismissed the suit filed by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Ebonyi State, in the 2019 Governorship election, Senator Sonni Ogbuoji and his Deputy, Chief Justin Ogbodo Mbam, which demanded the Court to declare the seats of Governor David Nweze Umahi and his Deputy, Dr Kelechi Igwe vacant on account of their defection from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to the APC.

Recall that on Tuesday, February 28, 2022, the Ebonyi State High Court sitting in Abakaliki, struck out the same suit and awarded N500, 000 as damages against the plaintiff.

In a 37 minutes ruling, the Judge, Justice A.O Belgore dismissed the suit for being inconsistent with the constitution and extant laws of the country.

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