The crisis trailing Governor David Umahi’s defection from the PDP to APC took another dimension Thursday as the governor’s supporters took over the Abakaliki Court premises in protest.
The protest was sequel to the decision of Hon Justice Vincent Nwancho of the State High Court to disqualify himself from the matter between the two PDP factions.
The Hon Fred Udogu State PDP caretaker Committee was set up by the PDP leadership following Umahi’s defection.
The dissolved executive led by Onyekachi Nwebonyi which is loyal to the governor had gone to court to challenge their dissolution.
The Judge became the third to disqualify himself after Hon Justice Elvis Ngene and the Chief Judge of Ebonyi himself Hon Justice Anslem Nwigwe, had washed their hands off the case.
Speaking to newsmen the legal adviser of the PDP Barr. Mudi Erhenede said the Judge was requested to disqualify himself because of bias and loss of control.
“He agreed with us and disqualified himself from further participation.
“As at this morning, the Nwebonyi group raided the Ebonyi judiciary; they barricaded the Court, chasing people away, protesting against the decision of the court.
“All these things are happening because of obvious attempts by Governor David Umahi to influence the cause of Justice.
‘” In the present case expectations were so high because he was expected to deliver a ruling on an application for interlocutory injunction. And Nwebonyi group had boasted that they were assured an injunction would be granted to prevent the caretaker committee of the PDP from functioning.
“Maybe we truncated that that’s why the protests, this uncivilized behavior is going on.
“When the case came up Monday, the governor’s brother Roy Umahi threatened to beat me up, threatened to slap me; several lawyers were there I said the judge had lost control because he could not even call him to order.
“So the Judiciary in Ebonyi is under siege it’s only when they give judgment in favour of Umahi there will be peace. “