- Published on Friday, 06 July 2012 22:26
- Written by Elombah.com
The Nigeria apex Court Friday in Abuja sacked Hon. Eseme Eyibo representing Eket Federal Constituency of Akwa Ibom from the House of Representatives and returned Mr Dan Abia of PDP as the legitimate representative of the constituency. Delivering judgment, Justice Rodes Vivour held that the respondent (Abia) was the rightful
candidate of the party.
“The appeal filed by Mr Esemo Eyiboh is hereby dismissed for lacking in merit, Abia is returned as the candidate of the party and then the eventual winner of the election,’’ he said.
Mr Esemo Eyiboh had approached the apex court challenging the verdict of the Appeal Court which declared Abia as the person to represent the constituency.
The court had ordered Eyibo to vacate the seat, adding that he had sneaked into the House of Representatives.
Justice Abdul Kafarati of the Federal High Court, Abuja had on June 1, 2011 set aside the party’s primaries held in Uyo and upheld the one held in Eket.
Hon. Eseme Eyiboh reaction to the Supreme Court judgement against his election:
"Today, July 06,2012, the Supreme court without offering any reason, dismissed my appeal before it occasioning the final determination of the pre-election contest of Eket federal constituency.
At this instance, I must state that i was not motivated by the lure of the office nor the desire to perpetrate self in government; rather i was persuaded by the guarantee for justice for all citizens by our constitution to approach the court on a concern on the breach by my political party of its constitution and section 87(4) of the electoral act 2011 as amended in the conduct of its 2011 party primaries in Eket federal constituency.
This action activated series of discussions and sentiments mixed with emotions and reason on all sides.
To me, as much as it was not a pleasant travel, it has brought to fore the challenge of our constitutional democracy and the attendant impact of our "rule of law" and now the discussion ends!
Many thanks for your support of love and solidarity throughout the long night and dark travel. Be assured i'll never walk alone.
Rt. Hon. Eseme Eyiboh"
In a related development, the Supreme Court, Friday morning sacked Senator Yussuf Nagogo (CPC) representing Nasarawa North Senatorial District in National Assembly, and ruled that Solomon Ewuga won the primary election of CPC that ushered Nagogo in.