Umahi Makes U-Turn, Apologizes To NBA Over Comment On Court Order

The Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi has retracedhis steps and apologized to Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) over a derogatory comment he made against a judge of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, justice Inyang Ekwo.

Engr Dave Umahi tendered public apology on Wednesday Maech 09, 2022 while addressing party members in Ebonyi State.

The governor said he had mobilized over seventeen (17) SANs to Appeal the judgement of the Federal High court sitting in Abuja led by justice Inyang Ekwo, wherein he was sacked for defecting from the opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the ruling APC. 

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It was not clear if Umahi’s public apology came as a result NBA’s reaction to his comments after the judgment, or he apologized for fear of the unknown since he would meet the the same body at the higher court.

Hear him: “I’m still the Governor of Ebonyi State and I’m still working. I said the lawyers of PDP are the ones doing forum shopping and I’m going to write against the lawyers to NBA to discipline them because the judge was misled. The blame was not on the judge. The blame is on the PDP lawyers who misled the judge.

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“And I’m using the opportunity to let Nigerians know that nobody castigated the judge and we will not and because the matter was not before any judge.

“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 judgements, I say that the judgement in Ebonyi state, which has equal powers with that of Abuja. We said we will obey the judgment in Ebonyi State. We will appeal the judgment of Abuja. We didn’t say we will disobey otherwise we would have not appealed.

“We are before the Appeal of 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 State” he stated.

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