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Why Appeal Court sacked Matthew Ire from Benue State House of Assembly

Written By Idoma Television on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 | 8:12:00 AM

The Court of Appeal sitting in Makurdi on Tuesday, December 15, affirmed the decision of the Federal High Court in the state to sack the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member of the state House of Assembly representing Oju 2 constituency, Matthew Ire.
Upholding the decision of the federal high court, the presiding judge, Ifeoma Jumbo said Michael Adigwu won the primaries which was conducted on Saturday, November 29, 2014, maintaining that Agi should be installed by the state assembly.

The Federal High court presided over by Binta Nyako had voided the legibility of the election of Ire (PDP) and ordered the immediate swearing in of the petitioner Michael Agi who also contested the primaries.
In a reaction, counsel to Ire, Andrew Wombo had appealed against the judgement urging it to grant an application for stay of execution,  even as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) issued a certificate of return to Adigwu.

But the Court referred the matter back to Makurdi for onward reconsideration and ordered that the case be retried on its merit.

Meanwhile, the Benue state House of Assembly has defiled the court order and refused to swear in Adigwu, who was declared by the court as the rightful winner of the election.
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