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Speakership race: Court sacks top contender from House of Reps

botchway May 15, 2019


A member of the House of Representatives and contender for Office of the Speaker in the incoming National Assembly, Chief Chike Okafor, of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has lost his seat.

Okafor, who represents Ehimembano/ihitte Uboma/Obowo Federal Constituency, lost his seat to Emeka Nwajuba of Accord Party following a court order.

That fact notwithstanding, Okafor is currently a lawmaker-elect for the ninth National Assembly.

Meanwhile, Nwajuba got his certificate of return for the outgoing eight National Assembly yesterday in Abuja from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). He was a member of the House of Representatives between 1999-2003.

Nwajiuba, in his acceptance speech, while commending INEC and the judiciary for retrieving his mandate, however, called on APC leadership to consider the South East in zoning the Speakership of the House of Reps to the Southeast.

He said the APC has made steady progress between 2015 and 2019 in the zone, adding that zoning such position to the South East would lead to national stability, inclusiveness and consolidation.

On its part, the electoral body reiterated its commitment to neutrality in election disputes with a promise to provide all requested documents to parties concerned.

The Commission, however, advised senior lawyer to re-examine the manner of sending junior lawyers to access sensitive election documents from it.

INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye during the issuance a certificate of return to Nwajiuba said the Commission is committed to obeying court orders.

Credit: dailypost.ng


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