By Austin Ogwuda
ASABAâ€”SCORES of protesters, yesterday stormed the Delta State House of Assembly, calling for the swearing-in of Mr. Kingsley Philip, who was recently declared as the winner of the Ika South seat at the Assembly on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in theÂ 2007 elections, in place of Mr. Martin Okonta,Â by the Court of Appeal.
Also yesterday, the former Speaker of the House, Dr Olisa Imegwu, resumed from his three months suspension,Â as thousands of his kinsmen from Ndokwa escorted him to the Assembly complex. They described him as â€œour true representative, who speaks the truth in spite of glaring intimidation.â€
Imegwu later told our reporter that he has no regret for serving the three months suspension, adding that he had no grudges against his colleagues.
Following the protest, sitting was partially paralyzed as the Acting Speaker, Mr. Basil Ganagana, at a time had to call on the crowd to order, saying â€œladies and gentlemen,Â those of you at the gallery, if you are here to observe our sitting, you must remain disciplined and conduct yourselves.â€
The public gallery was filled to capacity with some of the protesters loyal to Philip and Imegwu’s kinsmen, who escorted him back to the assembly.
Acting Speaker, Ganagana later in company of principal officers, addressed the protesters at the gate of the House,Â assuring them that the lawmakers were going to follow due process in the matter.
Ganaganaâ€™s speech did not go down well with the crowed as they yelled â€œobey the court order, swear in Kingsley Phillip as ordered by the Court of Appeal.â€
The Court of Appeal, AbujaÂ recently unseated the Speaker of the Delta House of Assembly, Mr. Martin Okonta andÂ ordered the Clerk of the House to swear inÂ Mr Philip.
The Court of Appeal, had also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC,Â to issue Philip the certificate of return with immediate effect.