Tri­bunal sacks Rivers speaker, 20 law­mak­ers

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By John Chuks Azu

The Rivers State Na­tional As­sem­bly Pe­ti­tions Tri­bunal yes­ter­day night in Abuja nul­li­fied the elec­tion of 21 mem­bers of the State House of As­sem­bly.

Top on the list of the sacked leg­is­la­tors is the Speaker of the State House of As­sem­bly, Owaji Ibani from An­doni con­stituency.

Four dif­fer­ent pan­els each with two mem­bers are sit­ting in Abuja over the Na­tional and State House of As­sem­bly elec­tions in Rivers State.

The panel, which sat at the FCT High Court in Jabi, also or­dered fresh elec­tions within 90 days.

The tri­bunal cited cases of ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties and vi­o­lence among other elec­toral mal­prac­tices which war­ranted the nul­li­fi­ca­tion of the law­mak­ers’ elec­tion vic­tory.

The pe­ti­tion was brought by can­di­dates of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) against the law­mak­ers, who were elected on the plat­form of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) in the April 11 state as­sem­bly elec­tions.

The af­fected law­mak­ers have in­di­cated their in­ten­tion to ap­peal the ver­dict.

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