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Appeal Court May Send Edo Speaker, Clark To Jail

The Court of Appeal sitting in Benin, Edo State Capital may commit to prison the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mr. Victor Edoror and the Clerk of the house, Barrister Lawson Ugiagbe for deliberately disobeying its order to swear in Mr. Sylvanus Eruaga as member representing Etsako West constituency 11.

The appelate court has ordered the duo to appear before it on Thursday April 7 to explain the reason for their action

Justice Justice Olukayode Bada who issued the order Monday asked the state solicitor General of the state, Mr. Oluwole Iyamu to produce Mr. Edoror and Barr. Ugiagbe personally in court for them to show cause why they should not be sent to prison.

justice Bada noted that Edoror and Ugiagbe through their counsel rebuffed attempts by counsel to the PDP candidate, Barr. Dele Igbinedion to resolve the dispute arising from the court’s issuance of forms 48 and 49 at which the appellate had on March 21 this year ordered the parties settle outside the court.

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Both the speaker and the clerk are facing contempt charges before the court after counsel to the PDP obtained forms 48 and 49 respectively for refusing to swear in Mr. Eruaga as member of the house of assembly.

The delayed swearing in of Mr. Eruaga of the PDP has been a subject of controversy between forces loyal to the opposition party and the ruling All Progressives Congress in the state.

According to Justice Bada, the speaker and clerk should appear before the honourable court to show cause why they should not be committed to prison for neglect and disobedience of order of the court.

He observed with dismay that Eruaga’s lawyer (Dele Igbinedion) had made attempts to discuss through counsel to the respondents but they rebuffed him in the process.

Mr. Ken Mozia (SAN) is the counsel representing the APC and the state chairman of the party (Anslem Ojezua), Mr. Matthew Ugwuocha represents INEC while the Solicitor General of Edo state Mr. Oluwole represents the speaker and the clerk in the suit.

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