By James Ibechi
Things are not looking up for Benue State House of Assembly member representing Oju 2 state constituency, Mr. Matthew Ire, at the moment, as his hope of upturning the judgement of The Federal High Court in Makurdi, which sacked him as member of the state House earlier this year was dashed on Tuesday afternoon, by Court of Appeal in Makurdi.
The appellate court upheld the judgement of the lower court, meaning that Ire has just one step, the Supreme Court, as his only hope of remaining in the State Assembly, or face the sack which was first pronounced by the Federal High Court in Makurdi.
It will be recalled that the Federal High Court in Makurdi presided over by Justice Binta Nyako had voided the legibility of the election of Ire (PDP) and had ordered that the petitioner, Agi Micheal Adigwu (PDP), who contested the PDP House of Assembly primaries on November 29, 2014 be immediately sworn in by the Assembly.
However, lawyer to Ire, Mr. Andrew Wombo, had appealed against the judgement of the lower court and prayed the appellate court to stay execution of the ruling, even as INEC quickly issued a certificate of return to Agi, the petitioner.
At the Court of Appeal yesterday, the presiding judge, Justice Ifeoma Jumbo, upheld the earlier decision of the lower court, saying Agi (PDP) was the authentic winner of the party primaries and should be installed by the state assembly.
It has actually been a series of judicial losses for the embattled lawmaker, who has been at loggerheads with his opponent, Agi Michael Adigwu.
Both Ire and Igbo belong to the PDP.
…more to come.