Nwifuru,16 others are no longer members of Ebonyi Assembly – PDP

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Nwifuru,16 others are no longer members of Ebonyi Assembly – PDP

By Nweze Anaga, Abakaliki

Th People’s Democratic Party (PDP) lawmakers in Ebonyi State have declared that the embattled Speaker of Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Francis Ogbonnaya Nwifuru, was nolonger a member of the State House of Assembly having been removed with other 16 members by the Federal High Court Judgement in Abuja.

Addressing journalists in Abakaliki on the twist of events, the member representing Ivo constituency in Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Hon. Oliver Oseh, said that following the outcome of the Federal High Court Judgement, which removed Nwifuru and 16 others from office that he was mandated to assume the position of the speaker, protemporay pending when other eight members of the PDP will reconvene for other official activities.

According to him, the case has not been appealed nor any stay of execution granted.

“Following the Federal High Court ruling on March 8, 2021, the following are no longer members of Ebonyi State House of Assembly. They are Rt.Hon. Ogbonnaya Nwifuru, Kingsley Orie,Ikolo Ogbonnaya, Benjamin Ezeoma, Onu Nwonye, Nkemka Okoro Onuma, Anthony Nweged, Chinedu Onah, Chinedu Awoh, Friday Nwuhuo, Chukwu Arinze Lukas, Victor Chukwu, Joseph Nnunu, Lilian Chinwe Nwachukwu, Chukwuma Igwe and Moses Odunwa.

“It is pertinent for the general public; particulary Ndi Ebonyi to note that up till today, March 16, 2022. The judgement has neither been appealed nor any stay of execution granted to same.

“In a deliberate attempt to ridicule the judicially and Justice Ekwo; Ogbonnaya Nwifuru aided by security personnel of Ebonyi State led 14 other members of the aforementioned former members, excluding Odefa Obasi Odefa to invade the harlowed chambers of Ebonyi State House of Assembly, purportedly, declaring vacant the sits of three members namely – Victor Aleke, Franca Okpo, and Ali Okechukwu Kisito – and adjourned sitting for three

months.

He therefore stated that the 16 members of PDP who defected to APC were no longer members of the Assembly having been removed by court calling on general public not to have any business with them.

“The Ebonyi State House of Assembly under my leadership as speaker protemporay, wishes to state as follows; that the following sixteen persons seizes to be members of Ebonyi State House of Assembly, dating back to November 2020, when they defected to APC and giving effect by the judgement of the Federal High Court on 8th March,2022.

“We want to let the public know that any member of the public who deals with one or several of them,umbehalf of Ebonyi State House of Assembly, does so at his or her own risk.

“That the house has since instructed his legal team to commence contempt proceedings against the aforementioned impostors that neither the former speaker, Francis Nwifuru, nor any of the aforementioned members of Ebonyi State House of Assembly, possesses the power nor right to declare the position of any member vacant or to adjourn the sitting of the house or the office of the speaker and members, having resigned their membership and being validly removed  from office by a court of competent jurisdiction.

“That the invasion of Ebonyi State House of Assembly and purported sitting of former members are act of prison and accordingly,null and void and has no effect whatsoever and the Perpetrators must answer for their crimes.”

In their separate reactions over the development, other two members of the House under the platform of PDP, Mrs. Franca Okpo, and Mrs. Ngozi Ezilo stated that the alleged resignation letter from House of Assembly never emmanated from them and never resigned from the house, urging their constituents to disregard such information because they are still bonafide members.

 

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