Declare Ekweremadu’s seat vacant – Former Enugu senatorial candidate tells court

Chief Ogochukwu Onyema, a candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general election for the Enugu West Senatorial District, has sought a federal high court to void Senator Ike Ekweremadu’s office.

As a result of accused organ harvesting, Senator Ekweremadu is now being held in custody in London, United Kingdom. The senator and his wife are both on trial for allegedly obtaining organs for their daughter who is ill.

In the lawsuit filed at the Federal High Court in Enugu with the file number FHC/EN/CS/7/2022, Onyema requested that the court issue an order directing the PDP to “choose, nominate, and forward” his name to the National Assembly “as a successor” for Ekweremadu.

Onyeama also prayed the court to mandate the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu and INEC to “withdraw or revoke, as the case may be, the Certificate of Return earlier issued to the 3rd defendant (Ekweremadu) and issue a fresh Certificate of Return” to him.

In an originating summons, Onyema asked the court toa mong other things determine

“Whether by virtue of the continuous absence of the 3rd defendant (Ekweremadu) from the Senate since 22nd day of June 2022 or days prior (when he last attended the sitting of the Senate), up till the date of adaptation of this Summons, or any other date thereafter, it could be said that the 3rd defendant is still validly representing the plaintiff (Chief Onyema) and Enugu West Senatorial District, as provided by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and the Senate Standing Order 2015 as amended, in Nigeria Senate.”

No date has been fixed for hearing of the case.

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