Defection: Okpala, Asks Court To Declare Chris Emeka Azubogu’s Seat Vacant


Stanley Okpala, has dragged Chris Emeka Azubogu before a Federal High Court, Abuja, for defecting to another political party.

Chris Emeka Azubogu, is a member of the Federal House of Representatives, representing Nnewi North/Nnewi South/Ekwusigo Federal Constituency, Anambra State.

Okpala is calling for the sack of the Honourable for defecting from All Progressives Grand Alliance [APGA] from the People’s Democratic Party, while bearing the mandate of the party.

He prayed the Court to declare that Azubogu contravened section 68(1) (g) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, and especially in view of the decision of the Nigerian Supreme Court in Abegundu v. Ondo State House of Assembly, (2015) 8 NWLR. Part 1461 Page 314.

Okpala in suit No: FHC/ABJ/CS/324/2022 further asked the court to declare Azubogu’s seat vacant.

The plaintiff is asking the Court to determine whether the 1st Defendant who defected to the All Progressives Grand Alliance [APGA] from the People’s Democratic Party [on which platform he was elected Member of the Federal House of Representatives and where there was no faction as at time of his defection] ought to have his seat in the House of Representatives declared vacant by this Honourable Court
AN ORDER of this Honourable Court declaring vacant the seat of Chris Emeka Azubogu and cancelling his Certificate of Return issued to him by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

AN ORDER of this Honourable Court directing the Independent National Electoral Commission [INEC] – the 2nd Defendant – to conduct a bye-election into the of the Federal House of Representatives within sixty (60) days from the date of the delivery of Judgment herein.

AN ORDER of this Honourable Court mandating the 1st Defendant to refund into the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Federation FORTHWITH all the salaries, emoluments and allowances received by him since March, 2022 until the date of the final judgment in this matter.

AN ORDER disqualifying the 1st Defendant from standing election into any elective post under the amended 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Until And Unless he complies with every terms of the judgment in this suit.

Other Defendants in the suit are: Independent National Electoral Commission, Peoples Democratic Party [PDP].

Defection: Okpala, Asks Court To Declare Chris Emeka Azubogu’s Seat Vacant Defection: Okpala, Asks Court To Declare Chris Emeka Azubogu’s Seat Vacant Reviewed by Africa Info on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 Rating: 5

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