The Court of Appeals, which is located in Enugu, state of Enugu, finally dismissed the member representing the federal district Ikwo / Ezza South of the state of Ebonyi in the House of Representatives, Hon. Lázaro Nweru Ogbee.
Latest Nigeria newspaper report that The former legislator was elected to the second term under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Ogbee, before his dismissal on Friday, was the Chairman of the Committee of the Chamber of Reform Institutions (Prisons).
The appeals court reaffirmed the ruling of the Petition Court of Elections, which was in Abakaliki, which had previously ruled that the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Chinedu Ogah, was the one who won the elections and not Ogbee.
The president of the Court, Judge Sika Henry, had ruled that, according to the evidence presented to the Court to support his claim, Ogah obtained 36,238 votes in the elections, while Ogbee obtained 33,263.
However, dissatisfied with the Court’s ruling, Ogbee approached the Court of Appeals to set aside the decision of the lower Court, but the Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the APC candidate.
The judges of the Court of appeal in their ruling confirmed the ruling of the Electoral Court. They ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to immediately issue Chinedu Ogah of the APC return certificate, having obtained the highest number of valid votes cast in the elections.
In his reaction, Ogbee congratulated God and all the people of the federal constituency for their support and mandate to serve.
Latest Nigeria newspaper report that Ogbee said: “I want to thank the people of Ezza South and the Ikwo Federal constituency for all the support they have given me. I want to appreciate the governor of our state, Chief David Umahi. I want to thank the Divine Mandate and the PDP families.
“I want to especially appreciate my people, the people of Amazekwe, for giving me their support, and I want to appeal to them to accept the verdicts of the Court with good luck.
“By the special grace of God, I will recover next time. I want to thank and appreciate my party, the PDP of my neighborhood, the local government, the state at the national level. I thank you for giving me all the opportunities to serve.
“I thank you for all the capabilities I have served. When narrating my trip to political positions, I want to appreciate God sincerely. God is a faithful God. I, like Laz Ogbee, cannot match the love that God has given me as an individual. To be a councilor of supervision in a military era of 1998-1999, I became president of the local government party from PDP to ANPP. I entered again as a supervising education advisor for the Ezza East Development Center between 2005 and 2006, ”he said.
Also responding, fellow winner Chinedu Ogah said he was surprised by the ruling, noting that the Court had justified that it is the hope of the common man in society.
“This has shown that the judiciary is the last hope of the common man. They are the type of people who can bear not to collect bribes. They are the kind of people who believe in what is right. They saw what the people of my constituency have done by choosing me in the last elections to represent them in the House of Representatives.
Latest Nigeria newspaper report that The judiciary has restored the hope of the masses today, especially my constituency. I assure you that as soon as you have sworn, you will see a more significant change in the state, “he said.