High Court sacks 2 federal PDP lawmakers, orders refund of salaries

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday sacked two members of the House of Representatives- Stella Ngwu from Igbo-Etiti and Uzo-Uwani Federal Constituency, and Dennis Agbo from Igbo-Eze North and Udenu Federal Constituency in Enugu State.

The court sacked the duo for allegedly emerging wrongfully as flagbearers of the  Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the 2015 general elections.

Gabriel Okafor and Chijioke Ugwu, two other aspirants from the party had said the emergence of both sacked lawmakers was wrong since they were not elected delegates to represent the party at the November 1 congress held in 2014.

They had asked the court to declare their election unlawful.

The presiding judge, Justice Okon Abang ruled that the election of Ngwu and Agbo was null and void.

Abang said, “It is hereby declared that the 4th defendant did not emerge as winner from the primary election conducted for the purpose of electing the House of Representatives’ candidate of the 1st defendant for Igbo-Etiti/Uzo-Uwani Federal Constituency for 2015 general election since the primary election that purportedly produced her as winner was not conducted based on the list of delegates that emerged from ward congresses of the 1st defendant held on 1st November, 2014.

“It is hereby declared that the plaintiff, Dr. Gabriel .A. Okafor won PDP’s party primary election on 6th December,2014 for Igbo-Etiti/Uzo-Uwani Federal Constituency election into the House of Representatives.”

“It is hereby declared that the 4th defendant did not emerge as a winner from the primary election conducted for the purpose of electing the House of Representatives’ candidate of the 1st defendant for Igbo-Eze North/Udenu Federal Constituency for 2015 general election since the primary election that purportedly produced her as winner was not conducted based on the list of delegates that emerged from ward congresses of the 1st defendant held on 1st November, 2014.”

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