I’m Still Governor, Dave Umahi Insists Amid Sack Judgement
He urged residents of the state to remain calm, saying he was confident the ruling would be overturned in the Appeal Court.
The Governor, who referred to Justice Inyang Ekwo’s decision as “jungle justice,” said he has filed a complaint with the Nigerian Judicial Council (NJC) against the judge .
He pointed out that the Court lacks the authority to remove him as Governor because he is protected by an immunity clause that shields him from all litigation except pre-election and tribunal matters.
Umahi also pointed out that an Ebonyi High Court and a Zamfara High Court have both ruled in favour of governors who have defected.
“The Constitution stipulates that a Governor’s seat can only be vacated by death, resignation, or impeachment by the House of Assembly,” he said.
“There is no other provision in the constitution that allows a knucklehead to turn it inside out.”
“I have listened to Ekwo’s judgement and it is clear that he was on a mission. On issues like this, he was making every effort to overturn the rulings of the Appeal and Supreme courts.
“We’ve heard rumours that he was hell-bent on overturning all known laws and the constitution in order to embarrass the APC and the federal government.”
“I am not concerned for myself, but I am concerned for the judiciary.” The executive branch may have issues, and the legislature may have issues, but the moment justice can be bought, we are in serious trouble in this country. And today’s decision is further proof that this country is in trouble.
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“And let me tell you, this same judge has over ten cases pending against the Ebonyi State Government, so you can imagine how he will rule.” We’ve filed a petition with NJC, and we’ll follow up to make sure he’s brought to justice.”
“I want you to disregard the judgement; it is null and void, and there is a valid judgement in the states of Ebonyi and Zamfara.” So we’ve decided who to obey, and we’re not going to obey his decision; instead, we’re going to obey the decision of a competent court of coordinate jurisdiction that says you can’t sue a governor.
“According to the Constitution, no civil or criminal proceedings against a sitting governor can be brought.” This isn’t a pre-election matter, and it’s not a case before a tribunal. As a result, he has assassinated the rule of law in this country, and he and his generation will be remembered for this jungle justice that has no foundation.
“I am still the Governor of Ebonyi State, and he does not have the authority to remove me,” David Umahi stated.
The Governor also claimed that the Judge lacked the authority to declare House of Assembly members’ seats vacant.
He claimed that previous rulings had established that only the presiding officer of the House of Assembly or the National Assembly can do so.