Governor David Umahi has approached the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court to withdraw a stay of execution motion he filed due to a mistake in the application
Chukwuma Ma-Chukwu Ume (SAN), counsel for Umahi and his deputy, Kelechi Igwe, told Justice Inyang Ekwo at the mention of the suit.
When the case was called, NAN reports, Ume informed the court that he had withdrawn the earlier motion to replace it with a new one.
He said the development was because a mistake occurred in the earlier stay of execution motion, especially in the spelling of Umahi’s name.
The senior lawyer said though the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) served them with their counter affidavit on Tuesday, they sought to replace their motion with another due to the spelling error.
Counsel for the PDP, James Onoja, also informed the court of their intention to respond to the new motion on stay of execution filed by Messrs Umahi and Igwe.
Other parties, in addition, said they were yet to respond to the applicants’ motion.
Justice Ekwo adjourned the matter until March 21 to enable the respondents to file a counter to the application for stay.
The judge had, on March 8, in a judgment, ordered Umahi, his deputy and 16 lawmakers to vacate their office and seats, following their defection from the PDP to All Progressives Congress (APC).