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25 Jul 2017

Angry Dogara refuses to obey Supreme Court order

Thirty-two days after the Supreme Court sacked Hon Iorwase Herman Hembe, the member of House of Representatives representing Vandeikya/Konshisha Federal Constituency, Benue State and ordered his replacement with Hon. Mrs Dorathy Mato, the Speaker of the House, Hon.Yakubu Dogara has refused to comply with the order.
The development has also led to anger, condemnation as the stakeholders are wondering if the speaker and the leadership of the House are claiming ignorance of the apex court order or simply playing politics with the verdict of the highest court in the land.

The Daily Times further gathered yesterday that Dogara has rebuffed all entreaties by close associates of Hon Mato to administer the oath of office on her, despite the fact that the Senate had on July 5 ,2017 sworn in Senator Shuaibu Isa Lau, Taraba North, who obtained similar order same day from Supreme Court with Hon. Mato.

A credible source at the House who is abreast with the issue also confided in the Daily Times sthat the new Senator Lau and Hon. Mato were desperately trying to have audience with Dogara on the issue yesterday. But a cross-section of Nigerians who spoke on the issue yesterday condemned the Speaker for flouting the Supreme Court order.

They were unanimous in their reasonings that it is unfortunate that Dogara, who is also a lawyer by profession could flout the Supreme Court’s order over a month after it was served on the House he presides over.

The Daily Times recalls that the Supreme Court had on June 23, 2017 sacked Hembe as member of the lower chamber representing Vandeikya / Konshisha Federal Constituency, Benue State.

The apex court also ordered Hembe to vacate the seat immediately and refund all salaries and entitlements he collected from 2015 to date to the National Assembly within 90 days.

Similar orders were also made by the apex court in respect of Senator Alhaji Sani Abubakar Danladi, Taraba North Senatorial District who had since vacated his seat. The apex court specifically ordered Dogara to swear in Mrs Dorathy Mato as the member House of Representatives representing Vandeikya / Konshisha Federal Constituency at the lower chamber of the National Assembly.

The order was contained in the lead judgment delivered by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen on the appeal filed by Mrs Mato where in she challenged the decision of the Court of Appeal on the matter. The Apex court also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the certificate of return issued to Hembe and further ordered INEC to issue the Certificate of return to Mrs Mato.

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