The Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, has said he has no regrets for defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The governor stated this on Wednesday while addressing members and supporters of the party during a solidarity rally held at the Udensi Water Fountain Roundabout in Abakaliki.
Recall that the governor who was elected on the platform of the PDP had, on November 17, 2020, defected to the ruling party. Since his defection, the PDP had accused him of leaving a party that made him governor and sought his sack, following yesterday’s judgment.
However, Umahi had informed his supporters that the judgement of the Federal High Court, which sacked him as governor, would not stand.
He stressed that he has not regretted joining the APC. He blasted the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for being desperate to distract his administration.
According to him, “I have no regrets leaving PDP. The judgement sacking me as your governor will not stand at appeal, and I remain the governor as I’m still working.
“I said the lawyers of PDP are the ones doing forum shopping, and I’m going to report the lawyers to NBA to discipline them because the judge was misled.
“The blame is not on the judge. The blame is on the PDP lawyers who misled the judge.
“And I’m using the opportunity to appeal for calm and to let Nigerians know that nobody criticised the judge and we will not.
“Today, we have appealed the judgement. We have done three things; we have done the appeal at Enugu, and when I say that we have two judgments, I say that the judgement in Ebonyi, has equal powers with that of Abuja.
“We said that we will obey the judgement in Ebonyi; we will appeal the judgment of Abuja.
“We didn’t say we will disobey; otherwise, we would not have appeal. We are before the Appeal Court in Enugu state and that of Abuja.
“We have also filed a stay of execution. So, we are still the governor and deputy governor of Ebonyi,” Umahi said.
Meanwhile, yesterday the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja sacked Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State and his Deputy, Dr Eric Kelechi Igwe, following their defection from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC.
The court equally ordered 16 members of the Ebonyi State House of Assembly that defected with the governor and his deputy to vacate their seats and refund all salaries and monies received from the day they defected to the APC.
Standing on his words, Governor Umahi said he had mobilised no fewer than 17 Senior Advocates of Nigeria to Appeal the judgement of the Abuja Federal High Court.