Two House of Representatives members from Enugu State, Hon. Stella Ngwu (Igbo-Etiti/Uzo-Uwani Federal Constituency) and Hon. Dennis Agbo (Igbo-Eze North/ Udenu Federal Constituency), are set to appeal the judgement of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja which Monday sacked them on the grounds that they were not winners of their party’s (PDP) primaries for the March 2015 general election.
Unless they fail again at the appeal court, however, the National Assembly will not implement the court’s judgement.
The high court headed by Justice Okon Abang had ordered Ngwu and Agbo to vacate their offices and return to the treasury of the National Assembly all moneys they had received as salaries and allowances since June 2015.
The plaintiffs, Gabriel Okafor and Chijioke Ugwu, had asked the court to declare the election of Ngwu and Agbo respectively null and void.
Justice Abang’s court said the PDP and its National Working Committee had no right or authority to use any delegate list for the election of its candidates for Igbo-Etiti/Uzo-Uwani and Igbo-Eze North/Udenu Federal constituencies, respectively, except the list of delegates that emerged at congresses held on November 1, 2014.
The court ruled that Mr. Okafor was the rightful winner of the seat for Igbo-Etiti/Uzo-Uwani, and that Mr. Ugwu won in Igbo-Eze North/Udenu. It ordered INEC to immediately issue them with certificates of return. He also awarded the sum of N100, 000 as cost against the defendants.
Justice Abang has been associated with several controversial judgements.
Ngwu and Agbo have taken to the social media to express surprise at the judgement, while promising to keep the mandates they received from their people.