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A week after, INEC yet to receive judgment removing Ebonyi Gov, deputy from office

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By Samuel Bankole

The Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) is yet to receive the certified true copy of the judgment ordering the removal the Ebonyi State governor, Dave Umahi and his deputy, Eric Kelechi Igwe from office.

According to the INEC National Commissioner, Festus Okoye, the commission has not received the copy of the judgment as of the close of work on Friday.

“The INEC as at Friday evening has not received the judgment. As at Saturday morning the judgment was made available to me for my personal use. Since the judgment is now in circulation, it may have been sent to the INEC this week,” Okoye, who is in charge of voters education at the commission said on Channels Television programme on Monday.

Last week, a Federal High Court in Abuja asked the Ebonyi State governor, Umahi, and his Deputy, Igwe to vacate their positions and stop parading themselves as Governor and deputy governors respectively over their defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).

Okoye said he will not speak on behalf of the commission in relation with what it will do when it receive the copy of the judgment, but noting that the electoral law is very clear on the next line of action.

“I will not at this time speak for or on behalf of the commission in relation with what it will do concerning the jdugment. The status book is clear on what the commission should do in such situation.

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“When we receive a certified true copy of a judgment.. we shall give effect to it. If there are appeals on such cases, we take note of it. If there are other judgment… when the commission receives the certified true copy, we will look at the judgment comprehensively and take decision.

Okoye, however, confirmed that the electoral body has received a letter from the main opposition PDP on the names of persons it want to replace the Ebonyi governor and deputy with.

“Yes, we have received a letter, we got a letter from PDP, they drew the INEC attention that there has been a judgment in favour of the party and also sent a letter indicating persons they intend to replace the Ebonyi governor and his deputy with.”

He said once the commission received the judgment of the Federal High Court, it is the INEC remit to give a vent to judgment of court and implement the judgment.

But he noted that it will be suicidal for the commission to give vent to a judgment based on ear saying or newspaper report or what is seen on the social media.

“When we receive the judgment, the chairman will determine when we are going to hold a meeting to determine the next line of action,” Okoye said.

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