Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt
Bayelsa State Speaker, Kombowei Benson
Certainly these are not the best of times for the Rt. Hon Kombowei Benson, Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly due protest by some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) demanding his resignation as the Speaker following the December 2015 judgement of the Court of Appeal which annulled his mandate as a lawmaker.
The interpretation of the judgement of the Court of Appeal has been given varying versions of to suit those for or against the Speaker. While supporters of the Speaker and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, claimed the Court of Appeal ruling did not ask him to vacate the seat pending a re-run election, the APC through the Counsel to the Appellant has submitted the certified true copies of the ruling to the State Attorney-General and the Clerk of the House of Assembly arguing that the of order of the Court is that the Speaker’s mandate had been annulled.
The Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State had on 9 December, 2015, voided the election of Benson and ordered a fresh election in the Constituency 4 of the Southern Ijaw Local Government Area.
To buttress their argument, the APC candidate, Ebifaghe P. Orunimighe and his party made available to journalists in Yenagoa a certified true copy of the Court of Appeal ruling signed by Ejembi Eko, Justice of Court of Appeal.
Ebifaghe P. Orunimighe and the APC were appellants, while Mr. Benson Kombowei Friday, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) were respondents.
The Court of Appeal ruled based on the appeal filed by the APC candidate Ebifieghe Orunimighe challenging the victory of Kombowei in the election into Bayelsa State House of Assembly.
The ruling of by the Election petition Tribunal, ordered that …Read More
Source:: PM Newspaper