In Abuja Court sacks Rep member over illegal primary election

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A Federal High Court in Abuja has
ordered a member of the House of
Representatives representing Udi/
Ezeagu Federal Constituency of
Enugu State, Mr Dennis Amadi, to
vacate his seat.
Justice Okon Abang gave the order on Friday,
June 10, in his ruling. He held that the
purported primary election of the People’s
Democratic Party (PDP) that produced Amadi
was “illegal, null and void”.
The judge said PDP primary election held in
the constituency on December 6, 2014, was
the authentic one, and declared Ogbuefi
Ozomgbachi as the winner of the primary.
Justice Okon therefore directed the
Independent National Electoral Commission,
the 3rd defendant, in the suit to immediately
withdraw the certificate of return it earlier
issued to Amadi.
The judge also ordered INEC to issue
certificate of return to Ozomgbachi.
“After a careful reading through the
submissions of counsel in the suit, I note that
the election of the plaintiff was conducted at
the designated venue for the Udi/Ezeagu
Federal Constituency of Enugu State.
“The plaintiff has shown that the duly
appointed electoral officers were present and
declared him winner.
“I find merit in his request to uphold his
election and therefore hold that he be
declared the authentic winner of the primaries
held on the 6th of December 2014 having duly
satisfied the party’s guidelines for elections in
2014,” the judge ruled.

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Justice Abang also ordered Amadi, who is the
first defendant in this suit, to hall return all
the monies collected by way of salaries,
allowances or whatsoever since he took office.

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