Kogi Assembly ignores Court order, fails to swear in PDP lawmaker

Regardless of the courtroom judgment ordering the swearing in of Hon. Daniel Ojata Enefola of the Peoples Democratic Get together (PDP) because the elected lawmaker representing Ibaji State Constituency, the Kogi State Home of Meeting has didn’t honour the courtroom ruling.

Recalled that Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal Excessive Courtroom, Abuja, on Friday, twenty ninth January, 2021 ordered the removing of Mr Atule Egbunu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and directed that he get replaced with the candidate of the social gathering with the following highest votes within the December 5, 2020 by-election within the constituency.

DAILY POST findings revealed that Hon. Enefola who had collected his certificates of return from the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee, (INEC) on March 1, 2021 is but to be sworn in by the Speaker of the Meeting, Prince Matthew Kolawole 44 days after the courtroom ruling.

It was gathered that the PDP lawmaker had made a number of makes an attempt to get to the Speaker for him to carry out his legislative duties however his efforts by no means yielded any optimistic end result.

Data reaching DAILY POST additional revealed that the sacked lawmaker from the Home, Mr Egbunu has been attending sittings with the opposite 24 APC lawmakers within the Kogi State Home of Meeting.

He (Egbunu) was current on Tuesday, 2nd March, 2021, when the Home moved a movement of pressing public significance on the, “Assault On Gov. Yahaya Bello Is An Assault On Nigerian Youths, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe To Apologize On Nationwide TV,” sponsored by the Majority Chief, Bello Hassan Balogun representing Ajaokuta State Constituency.

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He was additionally current within the Home sitting of Tuesday, ninth March the place the lawmakers screened Secretary nominees from Yagba East and Yagba West Native Authorities of the State.

When contacted, the Peoples Democratic Get together, (PDP) Deputy Publicity Secretary, Comrade Mohammed Kabir described the motion of the Meeting as a rape of democracy and a complete disregard for the rule of legislation.

He additionally described these sitting within the Home as Ibaji lawmaker as impostors, simply as he referred to as on the suitable authorities to look into the problem.

On the twenty ninth January, 2021, a judgment by a Federal Excessive Courtroom sitting in Abuja sacked Hon Atule Egbunu of the APC, representing Ibaji constituency within the Kogi State Home of Meeting because of improper primaries.

“Consequently, the social gathering with the following highest variety of vote was declared winner of the bye-election carried out on fifth December, 2020 which is PDP and her candidate, Hon Ojata Daniel Enefola.

“Our authorized crew put up a number of letters to the Kogi State Home of Meeting for official notification. He additionally copied INEC for the issuance of certificates of return to me. INEC of their process delayed for Over 14 working days in case an order for keep of execution might originate from the trial courtroom however none.

“On the 18th of February, 2021, the defendant approached the attraction courtroom looking for an order for keep of execution which was struck out. Therefore, INEC has no choice than to offer our candidate Certificates of Return, after which our authorized crew wrote once more to the Speaker looking for for our candidate’s inauguration on the ninth of March, 2021. Our candidate persona met with the speaker on the ninth March, 2021 and he mentioned he would refer the problem to deal with committee on authorized points.

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” The clerk confirmed receipt of the letters from our authorized crew. Our social gathering appealed to acceptable authorities to intervene as what is going on is a violation of the rule of legislation and disrespect to an order of a courtroom of competent jurisdiction. Permitting the sacked member to look within the proceedings of Kogi State Home of Meeting quantities to gross impersonation,” he added.

DAILY POST had earlier reported that Daniel Enefola polled 4, 565 votes within the December 5, 2020 bye-election, coming second behind Mr Egbunu of the APC who polled 8,515 votes within the election.

His removing because the lawmaker representing Ibaji was sequel to a go well with filed by a member of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) within the State, Mr Joseph Enemona.

The plaintiff (Enemona) challenged the nomination of the sacked lawmaker, Mr Egbunu, because the social gathering’s candidate for the by-election after the demise of a two time lawmaker within the constituency, Hon. John Abbah.

The plaintiff who had sought to contest for the APC ticket with Mr Egbunu and 5 others, alleged in his go well with that the social gathering (APC) failed to carry any main election.

In response to the plaintiff in his go well with, the organisers of the purported APC main election got here to the venue with a ready end result and disadvantaged him and his brokers of entry.

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