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Again, Senate defies A’Court, refuses to swear in Igbeke

By Ben Agande
The Senate, Thursday, again, failed to swear in Chief  Alphonsus Igbeke as the Senator representing Anambra North Senatorial District as ordered by the Appeal Court sitting in Enugu as it said doing so would be interfering in the judicial process because Senator Joy Emordi has filed an appeal at the Supreme Court.

Chairman, Senate Committee on Information and Media, Senator Ayogu Eze, while briefing Senate Correspondents at the National Assembly Complex in Abuja, said since the judical process has not been exhausted, it would be a violation of its rule to swear in Igbeke.

He said in deference to the rule of law, the Senate  will stand by Order 53 (5) of the standing rules which stipulates non-interference in matters before a court of law.

He said, “Just for the avoidance of doubt, we have been giving a notice that a case has been filed at the Supreme Court challenging that decision of yesterday and before I leave here, I am going to bring evidence of that notice and since you spoke about being law-abiding, as law-abiding institution, and going by our order 53 (5) we are duty bound to observe the notice that was served on us that this matter is challenged at the Supreme Court.

When repeatedly pressed by newsmen on the Senate’s decision to choose which judgment to obey, Eze declined further comments, claiming that the case was in court and further comment on it would amount to contempt of court.

He maintained that until the matter was dealt with conclusively in court, Senator Emodi remain the rightful occupier of the Anambra North Senatorial seat.


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