Okonta Sacked ... Appeal Court Nullifies Election of Okonta ... Kingsley (Agbokigboro) Philips wins... Okonta begs Supreme Court to Reinstate Him
Thursday, 05.13.2010, 11:26pm (GMT+1)
(13-05-2010) - The Court of Appeal, Abuja, on Wednesday nullified the election
of the Speaker of Delta House of Assembly, Mr Martins Okonta, on the grounds of
judgment, Justice Jimi Bada ordered INEC to retrieve the certificate of return
from Okonta of the PDP and issue it to Mr Noye-Kingsley Philips. Bada also
directed that Philips, who was proved to be the rightful candidate of the party
for the 2007 State Assembly election be sworn in as member of the House by the
secretariat of the Delta House of Assembly forthwith.
is compelled to align itself with the decision of the trial court because the
evidence supplied by the appellant respondent (Philips) clearly show that
Section 34 of the Electoral Act was violated by INEC and Okonta respectively.
appellant applicants, INEC and Okonta, are hereby directed to jointly pay the
sum of N100,000 to the respondent as compensation for court processes,"
Bada stated. Mr Ibrahim Idris, Philips' counsel , told newsmen after the
judgment that his client clearly won the primaries
that the leadership of the party, in a clandestine arrangement with INEC,
replaced him (Philips). "Being a pre-election matter, wisdom demands that
we wait until the election was conducted before approaching the regular court
and not the Election Tribunal.
thank God that the decision of the trial court is now upheld, this will
definitely serve as a deterrent to politicians who use money to lay ambush to
collect other people's mandate," he said. Chief Lateef Fagbemi (SAN),
Okonta's counsel, who lamented the court's decision, said the judgment would be
Okonta has already appealed the judgement.
Delta Speaker Asks Supreme Court to Reinstate Him - Vanguard
24 hours after the Abuja division of the Court of Appeal sacked him from
office, Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Mr. Martin Okonta,
Thursday, approached the Supreme Court with a notice of appeal, requesting it
to upturn the verdict of the court which removed him from office.
who hired the Chambers of Chief Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), to prosecute the appeal
at the apex court, also filed a separate motion before the Court of Appeal
which sacked him, seeking an order of injunction staying the execution of its
judgment delivered on 12 May, pending hearing and determination of the appeal
against its judgment.
lawmaker said he had a right of appeal to the Supreme Court in the case, the
matter being a pre-election case.
last bus-stop in pre-election matters is the Supreme Court.
six major reasons why the verdict of the Court of Appeal must be upturned,
including that the judgment of the Court of Appeal, Abuja, was in conflict with
the one earlier, given by its Benin division and that the Abuja division of the
court shut him out of the case and was, therefore, not given fair-hearing
before judgment was given in the case.
fresh suit before the Court of Appeal, Abuja, Okonta is seeking an order
restraining the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and the ruling
PDP from taking any step on the matter until his appeal at the Supreme Court is