Court sacks two PDP reps

Court sacks two PDP reps
October 18 19:59 2016

A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the removal of two members of the House of Representatives elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Stella Ngwu representing Igbo-Etti/Uzo-Uwani federal constituency and  Dennis Agbo representing, Igbo Eze North/Udenu federal constituency, both in Enugu state, were removed by Justice Okon Abang on Friday but the enrolled orders of the court were certified on Tuesday

Justice Okon Abang in the separate judgments ordered Gabriel Okafor to replace Ngwu as the representative of Igbo-Etti/Uzo-Uwani Federal Constituency and Mr. Chijoke Ugwu to replace Agbo and take over the seat of Igbo Eze North/Udenu Federal Constituency.

Okafor and Ugwu are the plaintiffs in the two separate suits, marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1088/14 and FHC/ABJ/CS/1104, challenging the nomination of the sacked legislators as the candidates of the party and which were ruled upon by the Justice Abang on Friday.

According to the ruling, the sacked legislators were wrongly nominated by the PDP as its candidates as they did not emerge as the winners of the primaries conducted by the PDP for the purpose of the last year’s House of Representatives elections in their constituencies.

He held that it was unconstitutional, illegal and unlawful for the PDP and its National Working Committee to have conducted the primaries from which the sacked legislators emerged using the lists of delegates other than the ones produced from the ward congresses held on November 1, 2014.

Justice Abang ruled that the emergence of Ngwu and Agbo violated provisions of sections 85 – 89 of the Electoral Act, 2010 and Electoral Guidelines for Primary Elections.

He held that the plaintiffs were proved their cases by showing that the authentic primaries held on December 6, 2014 with proof of the results declared at the end of the exercise, the panel’s report on the primaries and the lists of delegates used.