By Adebayo Williams
A Federal High Court in Abuja has asked the two sacked members of the Enugu House of Representatives, Stella Ngwu and Dennis Agbo, to refund their earnings. Delivering the judgment, Justice Okon Abang, said Bgwu and Agbo were wrongly nominated by their party, Peoples Democratic Party as they did not emerge winners of the conducted primaries. He held that it was unconstitutional, illegal and unlawful for the PDP and its National Working Committee to have conducted the primaries from which the sacked legislators emerged using the lists of delegates other than the ones produced from the ward congresses held on November 1, 2014. He ruled that the emergence of Ngwu and Agbo violated provisions of sections 85 – 89 of the Electoral Act, 2010 and Electoral Guidelines for Primary Elections.
He held that the plaintiffs were able to prove their cases by showing that the authentic primaries held on December 6, 2014 with proof of the results declared at the end of the exercise, the panel’s report on the primaries and the lists of delegates used.
Justice Abang ordered Gabriel Okafor to replace Ngwu as the representative of Igbo-Etti/Uzo-Uwani Federal Constituency and Chijoke Ugwu to replace Agbo and take over the seat of Igbo Eze North/Udenu Federal Constituency.