Senator Ifeanyi Ubah and candidate of Young Progressives Party(YPP) has filed an appeal against Friday’s judgement by the Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting in Bwari removing him as member of the Senate.
Justice Bello Rawu had in this ruling sacked Ubah and ordered that Obinna Uzoh of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) should replace him.
Speaking with Journalists in Abuja, Ubah who described the judgement as a “mere distraction”, said he has gone further to file an injunction for Stay of Execution of the judgement pending the determination of my appeal at the Court of Appeal in Abuja.
“I have appealed against the judge’s refusal to set aside the judgement.
“I have also filed an injunction for Stay of Execution.
“I have absolute confidence that the court of Appeal will do Justice and set aside the judgement,” he said.
Ubah who currently represents Anambra South, however, picked holes in the judgement on many grounds.
First was that the FCT High Court lacked the “territorial jurisdiction” to entertain a matter that arose from Anambra South Senatorial Election Primaries.
He said the mischief of filing the case in Abuja and not in Anambra was to ensure that the defendant and even Chris Uba of the PDP were not aware of the proceedings.
“In fact, Chris Uba filed an application asking the court to be joined as he was the authentic candidate of the PDP as confirmed by INEC”, he said.
The lawmaker said the FCT High Court also lacked the jurisdiction as the matter in question was a post-election matter already settled at the electoral tribunal and the Court of Appeal against the authentic candidate of the PDP, Chris Uba.
He expressed shock that contrary to Section 285(13)) of the 1999 Constitution, the court granted the wish of Obinna Uzoh who was not even a candidate in the February 23 election and did not go through the entire stages of the election as the winner of the election.
He said even more shocking was that he was not at any time served in any of the court processes thereby infringing on his right to a fair hearing.
On the criminal allegation that his National Examination Council (NECO) Certificate was forged; Ubah said the court did not summon any staff of NECO, or any other appropriate authority confirming his NECO certificate as fake, hence ” there was no proof beyond a reasonable doubt on the allegation of falsification of NECO certificate.
He said these kangaroo tactics adopted spells doom for the electoral process and justice system if allowed to stand.
Ubah, however, called on his supporters not to be agitated but remain calm as he was confident that he’ll surely have his day at the Court of Appeal.
Reports say there has been a protest in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, against the House of Assembly’s plot to impeach the State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, over alleged constitutional breaches.
Heavy security has been put in place in strategic locations in Ado Ekiti, while entry routes have been blocked and taken over by security operatives.
The political drama in Ekiti State continues as the supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state were prevented by the Police from gaining access to the State House of Assembly.
The PDP supporters, led by the Deputy Governor and a former Speaker of the House Of Assembly who claimed to be on a campaign, were said to have moved to prevent the 19 lawmakers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from performing their legislative duties.
But the Commissioner of Police, Ekiti State Command, Taiwo Lakanu, said that his men intervened to prevent a breakdown of law and order.
The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, had condemned what the party calls an emerging height of political recklessness in the state.
Mr Metuh said that he was worried about the impeachment plot against the Ekiti State Governor and called on the President-Elect, Gen Muhammadu Buhari, to intervene as leader of the party and call the APC to order.
He said: “The PDP totally and unequivocally rejects the flimsy and unsubstantiated allegations concocted by the All Progressives Congress (APC) legislation against Governor Fasoye. We state in very clear terms that we will stand with him and in defence of democracy.
“We invite all lovers of democracy and the international community to note the antics of APC and the deliberate plot to destabilize the polity even when it is yet to assume power”.
He also condemned the alleged call by the Lagos Oba for vote for the APC candidate during the governorship election, a claim the Oba has refuted.
The PDP spokesperson however, called on the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, to intervene, as a leader of the party and call the Ekiti and Lagos States APC to order.
The party further called on Nigerians, especially those in Lagos and Ekiti States, to stand up fearlessly and reject the unpatriotic stance of the Oba of Lagos and the undemocratic move to dismantle the mandate given to Governor Ayo Fayose by the people.
Read Full Text Of The PDP Statement Below
Lagos, Ekiti Threats, A Plunge To Anarchy, PDP Alerts
…Vows To Resist Anti Democratic Tendencies
The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) condemns in the strongest possible terms the emerging height of political recklessness in Lagos and Ekiti states ahead of Saturday’s governorship and House of Assembly elections and calls on all Nigerians to stand up against such anti-democratic tendencies.
The senseless and unpatriotic impeachment move against Governor Ayo Fayose by out-going APC state legislators and the barbaric death threats on non-indigenes in Lagos by the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu if they vote for the PDP candidate, Mr. Jimi Agbaje ascend to a height of unruliness that should not be accommodated.
The PDP totally and unequivocally rejects the flimsy and unsubstantiated allegations concocted by the APC legislators against Governor Fayose. We state in very clear terms that we will stand with him and bear our full weight in defense of the mandate freely given to him by the people of Ekiti state.
We invite all lovers of democracy and the international community to note the antics of APC and the deliberate plot to destabilize the polity even when it is yet to assume power.
In the same vein, it is indeed most unfortunate that a royal father of the status of the Oba of Lagos should attempt to drag the revered traditional institution into partisan politics to the level of threatening innocent Nigerians with the view to prevent them from freely exercising their constitutionally guaranteed right.
Our response to the Oba of Lagos is that he cannot play God and can never be God. God owns the universe and every part of it and can never share His glory with any human no matter how highly placed. We therefore call on all Nigerians in Lagos state; all Igbos, Hausas, Yorubas and people of other tribes; all northerners and southerners; all Christians and Muslims to turn against this unpatriotic stance, by coming out enmasse to vote for the PDP candidate, Mr. Jimi Agbaje on Saturday.
Undoubtedly, this anti-Nigeria position reminds of the 2013 inhuman and callous arrest, detention and eventual ‘deportation’ of non-indigenes by the APC-led government of Lagos state and confirms fears that the APC is indeed on a mission to destroy our national unity, balkanize the nation and obliterate the personal freedom Nigerians enjoy today.
Already, the APC has started terrorizing supporters of the PDP with vows to make life unbearable for them when it eventually assumes power. Our investigation reveals that many of our prominent supporters have been marked. The process has already started with threats to the life, family and business of the Chairman of the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN), Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah for supporting PDP candidates and helping non-indigenes win some Lagos seats in the National Assembly on the platform of the our great party.
Indeed, if this threats on a duly elected state governor and innocent Nigerians constitute the picture or foretaste of the order of the day when the APC finally assumes power at the center, then the nation is in serious danger. However, the PDP states in very unambiguous terms that Nigerians would not accept such under any guise whatsoever.
This is more so because in the last 16 years, our citizens from all walks of lives have seen civility and decorum under the PDP-led administration and would not accept any attempt by anybody to institute a reign of terror in the country
We therefore urge General Muhammadu Buhari as the leader of the APC to call his members and supporters, particularly in Lagos and Ekiti to order; especially bearing in mind that it was the peaceful atmosphere and the level playing ground nurtured by the PDP-led administration that created the room for his emergence at the presidential polls.
Our country cannot at this moment afford to slide into anarchy, reign of terror and deliberate schemes to divide the people for selfish political reasons.
The PDP will completely resist all anti democratic forces from any quarters. We therefore charge Nigerians, especially those in Lagos and Ekiti states respectively to stand up fearlessly and reject the unpatriotic stance of the Oba of Lagos and the undemocratic move to dismantle the mandate given to Governor Ayo Fayose by the people.
The Federal High Court in Lagos has fixed February 18 for ruling on the preliminary objection filed by the Nigerian Police against the suit filed by the Chairman, Capital Oil and Gas Limited, Mr. Ifeanyi Ubah over alleged infringement on his rights.
The suit which was filed on behalf of Ubah by his counsel, Mr. R.A. Oluyede has the Inspector General of Police (IGP) as first respondent.
Also joined as respondents in the suit are: the Commissioner of Police, Special Fraud Unit (CP SFU), Mr Ayotunde Ogunsakin; the CEO of Access Bank, Mr. Aigboje Aig-Imokhuede and the Managing Director Coscharis Motors, Mr. Cosmas Maduka.
Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke fixed the date after listening to arguments of the counsel on the matter.
The counsel representing the IGP, Mr. Godwin Obla had filed a notice of preliminary objection to the suit, saying that the applicant cannot by his application, restrain the first respondent (the Police) from carrying out their statutory functions.
Mr. Ubah had filed the application on January 10, seeking an order of court setting aside an alleged interim report issued by the CP SFU, dated November 2, 2012.
The applicant in his originating motion averred that the interim report, in which the second respondent had purported that the applicant will be arraigned on a prima facie case of money laundering and criminal conspiracy, is a prosecutorial misconduct.
He also argued that another report dated November 3, in which it had stated that the report will be submitted in a case of stealing and economic sabotage, amounted to a breach of the applicant’s fundamental right.
The applicant also sought a declaration nullifying the complaint made by the presidential committee on verification of oil subsidy payment to oil marketers, as tainted by malice.
Mr. Ubah, therefore, prayed for an order of perpetual injunction, restraining the IGP, and the CP SFU, from further harassing, arresting or instituting any criminal process against him.
The applicant also requested a compensatory damage of N10 billion, to be paid by all respondents jointly and severally, for the injury suffered as a result of his detention at the Ikoyi office of the second respondent for 10 days.