The Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, on Wednesday retracted an alleged unflattering statement made against Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja and apologized to the Nigeria Barr Association, NBA.
Umahi apologized while speaking to over 2,000 members of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ebonyi State at a solidarity rally staged at the Udensi roundabout to declare their support and loyalty to the governor.
He stated that he has mobilized over seventeen (17) SANs to appeal the decision of the Federal High Court in Abuja, led by Justice Inyang Ekwo, in which he was sacked for defecting from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
Umahi said he has no regrets about defecting to the ruling APC and threatened to fight the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ebonyi State, particularly for attempting to distract his administration.
“I am still the Governor of Ebonyi State, and I continue to work.” I stated that the PDP lawyers were forum shopping, and I intend to write to the NBA to discipline them because the judge was misled.
The judge was not to blame. The PDP lawyers are to blame for misleading the judge.
“And I’m taking this opportunity to remind Nigerians that nobody has chastised the judge, and we will not, because the case was not before any judge.”
“Today, we filed an appeal against the decision.” We have done three things: we have filed an appeal in Enugu, and when I say that, I mean the judgement in Ebonyi state, which has equal powers to that of Abuja.
We stated that we will follow the ruling in Ebonyi State. We intend to appeal Abuja’s decision. We didn’t say we’d disobey, or we wouldn’t have appealed.
“We are before the Appeal Courts of Enugu and Abuja.” We’ve also requested a stay of execution. “As a result, we are still the Governor and Deputy Governor of Ebonyi State,” he said.