Benue Reps Tussle: Lawmaker Urges Sacked PDP Candidate To Stop Preempting S’Court Through Media Propaganda

Benue Reps Tussle: Lawmaker Urges Sacked PDP Candidate To Stop Preempting S’Court Through Media Propaganda

By Abdulateef Bamgbose

The member representing Ado/Okpokwu/Ogbadibo Federal Constituency of Benue State, Hon. (Dr.) Francis Ottah Agbo, has advised the sacked candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for House of Representatives for Ado/Okpokwu/ Ogbadibo Federal Constituency, Benue State, Barr. Aida Nath Ogwuche, to stop misleading Nigerians with media propaganda and blackmail over the recent judgement of the Court of Appeal which sacked and replaced her with Dr. Ottah Agbo.

The lawmaker who doubles as Chairman Narcotic Drugs Committee and Spokesman of the Minority Caucus in the House, has also cautioned Barr. Aida Ogwuche to stop parading herself as the PDP candidate for the Federal Constituency otherwise known as Enone, as doing so would amount to contempt of the Court of Appeal where a 3-man panel of justices of great repute sat and delivered a unanimous verdict which judiciary analysts say has done substantive and substantial justice to the question of who the authentic Enone PDP candidate is.

Recall that the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal, had on Thursday, 12th January, 2023, in a unanimous judgement delivered by a 3-Man Panel, invalidated the nomination of Barr. Aida Ogwuche as the PDP candidate for Enone House of Representatives and ordered that a fresh Certificate of Return be issued Dr. Ottah Agbo, who came second at the May 23rd, 2022 PDP’s Primary Election, as the duly nominated candidate of the party!

Citing copiously, section 66(1)(f) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, the Electoral Act 2022 as amended and authorities of both the Appeal Court and the Supreme Court of Nigeria, the 3-Man Panel faulted Barr. Aida Ogwuche for not resigning her appointment with Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) as Civil Servant and concurrently as Principal Special Assistant to Benue State Governor, at least 30 days before the primary elections.

But in a dramatic twist, Barr. Aida Ogwuche took to the pages of newspapers and radio stations on Saturday, boasting that she had filed a Notice of Appeal at the Supreme Court and Stay of Execution of the appellate court’s judgement 24 hours after the delivery of the verdict, stressing that she remains the valid candidate of the party as “status quo” would be maintained.

While posturing, sanctimoniously with exagerated swagger, the ignominiously sacked Candidate, also boasted that the Supreme Court would upturn the judgement of the Court of Appeal, in no time.

In a statement signed Monday morning by the Director, Legal Services of the Dr. Francis Ottah Agbo’s Campaign Organisation, Barr. Godwin Eche Adole, the people of the Constituency were enjoined to disregard the media propaganda and join hands with the incumbent Parliamentarian who has since kick-started the machineries for winning the February 25 General Election for his party.

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