ADIGWU VS IRE SAGA: COURT ORDERS INSTALLATION OF PETITIONER

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The federal high court in Makurdi presided over by Justice Binta Nyako recently reaffirmed the sack of the member of the Benue State House of Assembly representing Oju 2, Mr. Mathew Ire of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

The court also ordered that the petitioner Agi Micheal Adigwu (PDP), who contested the PDP House of Assembly primaries in November 29, 2014 be immediately sworn in by the Benue State House of Assembly.

Lawyer to the lawmaker (respondent), Mr. Andrew Wombo had filed a motion against the sack at the federal High court in Abuja, urging it to grant an application for stay of execution.

But the federal high court in Abuja had referred the matter back to Makurdi for onward reconsideration and ordered that the case be retried on its merit.

This was because the Benue State House of Assembly defiled the court order and refused to swear in Adigwu, who was declared by the court as the rightful winner of the election.

Justice Nyako struck out the application for stay of execution and further directed the immediate installation of Adigwu. She ordered that the certificate of return of the challenged lawmaker be withdrawn.

Reacting, the newly installed lawmaker, Adigwu said the reaffirmation of the validity of his election has further confirmed that he was the accredited winner of the election.

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