April 07, 2017

Supreme Court sacks House of Reps Member, orders him to refund all salaries

The Supreme Court has sacked Sopuluchukwu Ezeonwuka of the PDP from representing Orumba North/South of Anambra Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives.

Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun gave the order on Friday in a judgment in an appeal filed against Ezeonwuka’s election by a member of the PDP, Ben Nwankwo.

NAN reports that Nwankwo’s name was wrongly substituted with the first respondent, Ezeonwuka, after he had obtained the nomination of the party to contest the National Assembly election.

Dissatisfied with the February 20, 2015 judgment of the Federal High Court in Abuja and the decision of the Appeal Court to uphold it, Mr. Nwankwo approached the apex court.

“Conclusion: having resolved the key issues in favour of the appellant, the appeal succeeds and it is hereby allowed.

“The judgment of the Court of Appeal delivered on June 26, 2016 is hereby set aside for being a nullity having exceeded its jurisdiction by granting relief not sought by the parties before it.

“This follows that the judgment of the Federal High Court, Abuja, delivered on February 20, 2015 was delivered without jurisdiction and it’s a nullity. It is equally set aside.

“The Originating Summons filed on Dec.15, 2014 in FHC/Abj/CS/1013/2014 is hereby struck out,” she said.

Justice Kekere-Ekun further held that: “the consequence of the above order is that the parties shall revert to the status quo ante.

“The existing position before the first respondent (Ezeonwuka) filed a suit at the trial court was that not only was the appellant’s name submitted to INEC for the March 28, 2015 election, he won the election.

“It was at the point of being issued the Certificate of Return that he was confronted by a letter conveying the order of the trial court stopping that action.

“In the circumstances, it is hereby ordered that the appellant, Chief Ben Nwankwo, being the candidate duly sponsored by the PDP in that election is entitled to be issued with the certificate of return.

“The second respondent (INEC) is hereby ordered to issue Chief Nwankwo a certificate of return in respect of the National Assembly election held March 28, 2015 forthwith."

The judge also said: “the first respondent (Ezeonwuka) is hereby ordered to vacate the seat of the Orumba North/South Federal Constituency of Anambra State in the National Assembly forthwith."

“It is further ordered that Ezeonwuka shall refund to the National Assembly all monies collected by him by way of salaries and allowances since he took the seat within 90 days.

“And finally, a fine of N500,000 is awarded in favour of the appellant against the first respondent."

19 comments:

godwin progragrammer said...

good!

Rosemary Ezeji said...

Too bad for him

Sunshow said...

Na wa oooooo

ADIELE CHIMAOBI DIAMOND said...

NIGERIAN JUSTICE SYSTEM AND ITS WAY OF HANDLING ISSUES.

Austine Gabriel said...

Good one

Onifade Joseph said...

Good judgement, its good for our young democracy
#Believe

Evestan said...

Thief

Oladimeji Seun said...

Lobatan. Gbosa...

Nicolas James said...

Na waooh

inumidun said...

Serz gbege..

Nasiru Adoke said...

good one..let the peoples choice represent them

Anurika Onwu said...

Good one

abdulrasaq abdulrafii said...

Bad market for him

Ramadan Hassan said...

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I. C Bruno said...

Political palava, sitting on another man's treasure.

Ay360 said...

Dats good

Queen Abiodun Ogunnika said...

Good one

okorochas justin said...

Ok o...

okorochas justin said...

All is well...

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