The Executive & Judiciary conundrum: Umahi as test case

The development in Ebonyi State in the past week, in which a Federal High Court in Abuja sacked the Governor and his deputy, is of immeasurable significance to the polity.

Governor Umahi, who became Governor of Ebonyi State on the wings of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, and is about completing a second and final term, ditched his party late last year without provocation.

The sponsoring Party went to court to recover its mandate which the Abuja High Court granted it last week Tuesday, March 8, 2022.

Expectedly, the sacked Chief Executive Officer, CEO, of Ebonyi State, cried foul and blue murder. In an undignified reaction, the Governor, an Engineer by profession, poured invectives and expletives on the person of the High Court Judge. He has since apologized to the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, which came down heavily on Mr Umahi in a two-page scathing.

The judgment of Justice Inyang Ekwo is a landmark one which should now guide the Judiciary in interpreting the laws of this country.

The Judiciary needs to be bold and resist intimidation to remain the last hope of the common man.

It is immoral and unlawful for Nigerians to cast their votes for a political party only for those who flew the party’s flag during the election to turn round to ditch the party for their selfish ambition.

This judgment, we believe will deepen our democracy and bring the prevailing stupidity of cross carpeting to an end.

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