Benue ex-speaker’s hope to reclaim seat dashed by court

Benue ex-speaker’s hope to reclaim seat dashed by court

- The hope of the impeached Benue speaker to challenge his suspension has been dashed by a high court in Makurdi

- Justice Theresa Igoche of high court dismissed the speaker's injunction, adding that it lacked a clear conviction

- September 11, has been proposed for the interlocutory injunction sought by the speaker's counsel

All effort by the embattled former speaker of Benue House of Assembly to challenge his impeachment by colleague lawmakers has been trashed by Justice Theresa Igoche of a high court in Markudi on, Monday, September 5.

Vanguard reports that the preliminary objection raised by the impeached speaker, Terkimbi Ikyange, challenging the judgement of the court stopping him and two other impeached principal officers from calling themselves the leaders of the assembly was dismissed.

Legit.ng gathers that immediately after the former house leadership was dismantled in July 2018, the new leadership under the its speaker Titus Uba, and 21 other PDP lawmakers went to court to seek an injunction recognising the new leadership and barring the impeached leaders from parading themselves as such.

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Justice Igoche, in a ruling that lasted over two hours submitted that the former speaker's claim about security agencies did rob the court of her jurisdiction, and on the preliminary objection, there was a cause of action to warrant the suit. He thus dismissed the objection.

After the court ruling , an interlocutory injunction was sought by the speaker's counsel which will be attended to by the court on September 11.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that there was a tension in Benue following the suspension of the impeached speaker of the state House of Assembly, Terkimbi Ikyange, for six months.

The suspension took place at the old banquet hall of the Benue state government house in Makurdi on Friday, July 27. This was after the police had barricaded the main entrance of the state House of Assembly. The lawmakers had tried to access the complex through another gate but they met opposition from the police.

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Source: Legit.ng

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