Obey Court Order – Okorocha tells Umahi and Igwe

Former governor of Imo State Rochas Okorocha has emphasized the necessity of adhering to court rulings, even if they are unfavorable.

Okorocha made the statement in response to an Abuja high court judgment removing Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi and his Deputy, Chief Kelechi Igwe, from office.

On Tuesday, the Federal High Court in Abuja, presided over by Justice Inyang Ekwo, fired Umahi and Igwe for abandoning the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in favor of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) (APC).

Justice Ekwo ordered Umahi and his deputy to quit their offices immediately, requesting that INEC replace them with PDP candidates.

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He said that the 393, 042 votes Umahi received in the Ebonyi gubernatorial election on March 9, 2019 belonged to the PDP and could not be transferred to the APC.

Senator Okorocha stated his party, the APC, is required to respect the court ruling, but that filing an appeal in a court of higher jurisdiction (as Umahi and his Deputy have done) is also equivalent to obeying the lower court’s order.

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He thanked the APC for being a party that upholds the rule of law.

Okorocha was quoted by Vanguard to have said in a statement on Wednesday that “unless such [pronouncements are] subjected to a superior court for appeal. In other words, where there is an appeal to a superior court on any matter, the lower court ceases to have authority over the matter.

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