By Agbo Amuche, Abakaliki

Commissioner for Information and State Orientation in Ebonyi State, Hon Orji Uchenna Orji has applauded Engr David Umahi for his recent victory at the Appellate Court.

The Commissioner in a statement signed by him, described Umahi as ‘the leadership model of our time’.

He hailed the judgment of the Court of Appeal affirming that the Governor and his Deputy cannot vacate office on grounds of defection to All Progressives Congress (APC).

“Your Excellency, we give God all the glory for again demonstrating that you are His anointed servant who is on a Divine mission to set a continental leadership pace that will be a reference point for generations

“We applaud the judicial erudition in the unanimous verdict of the Hon Justices of the Court of Appeal and the clout of the jurisprudence of their submissions which berated any judicial decision sacking a Governor and or his Deputy as a decision capable of causing incalculable damage to the rule of Law and constitutionalism.

“We commend them for upholding the Constitution of Nigeria and for stating the obvious that defecting from the political Party of the platform of which the Governor and his Deputy were elected was not stated in the Constitution as one of the grounds and cannot be made a ground for their removal by Courts pursuant to the extant legal principles of express unius est exclusion alterius.

“We commend them for reaffirming that the powers to remove heads of other arms of government has not been ascribed to the Judiciary.

“Your Excellency Sir, we reaffirm our unwavering commitment in propagating the values and legacies of your administration and the integrity of your vision to give Nigeria the best in leadership come 2023. We assure Your Excellency of our prayers and best wishes for greater heights as you anchor in praise on 29th May 2023.”

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