The Ebonyi State High Court has granted an interim order to Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State and his Deputy, Kelechi Igwe, stopping their removal from office.
The order was secured following the ex-parte motion filed by counsel to the duo, Roy Umahi, pursuant to rule 3(3) of the High Court rules of Ebonyi state in suit no HAB/13/22.
Recall that the Abuja Federal High Court on Tuesday ordered their sack for dumping the Peoples Democratic Party for the All Progressive Congress.
The court also ordered the PDP to present another candidate or the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should conduct a fresh election within 90 days.
The duo asked the court to declare that its judgement of the 28th February 2022 on their defection to APC remains valid as a judgement in rem and as such should have precedence over any other contrary judgement and should be binding on all parties, persons and authorities.
In his ruling, Justice Henry Njoku granted the prayers sought by the duo and ruled that Umahi and his deputy shall accordingly remain and not be removed from office.
The judge, however, adjourned the matter to March 16 for a hearing on the motion on notice.
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