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Declare me Enugu West Senator Ekweremadu tells the court


Barr. Ogochukwu Onyema, an Enugu-based attorney, has petitioned the Federal High Court in Enugu to declare the Enugu West Senatorial seat vacant.

According to pressloaded, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, a former deputy senate president, is currently sitting in that position.

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The legislator is presently being held in custody in the United Kingdom on suspicion of possible organ trafficking.

Onyema asserted that the absence of Ekweremadu prevented the position from being vacant.

Onyema is also asking the court to issue an order “commanding and mandating” the PDP National Chairman, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, and the PDP to “select, nominate, and forward” his name to the National Assembly “as a replacement” for Senator Ekweremadu in the lawsuit with the case number FHC/EN/CS/7/2022 that was filed at the Federal High Court Enugu.

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In addition, he asked the court to order and mandate INEC Chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu to “withdraw or revoke, as the case may be, the Certificate of Return earlier issued to the third defendant (Ekweremadu) and issue a fresh Certificate of Return.”

At the PDP senatorial primary election, which was held in Awgu, Enugu State, on October 2, 2018, Ekweremadu received 690 votes to win, beating out his closest competitors, Mr. Isaac Okah, who received 84 votes, and Chief Onyema, who received a far smaller number of votes—61—to finish in third place.

Onyema, however, asks the court to decide, among other things, whether it is the intention and contemplation of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999) as amended (2018), the Senate Standing Orders 2015 as amended, and the Senate Legislative Calendar 2022 that the seat of Enugu West Senatorial District in the 9th Senate will be declared vacant by default, if the Senator representing is absent without justification from sessions of the Se

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“Whether by reason of the 3rd defendant’s (Ekweremadu’s) continuous absence from the Senate since the 22nd day of June 2022 or days earlier (when he last attended the Senate sitting), up until 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

The third defendant can be said to have defaulted and been absent from representing the plaintiff and Enugu West Senatorial District in the House of Senate for no just cause, as provided for in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999), based on the heinous allegations leveled against him and his imprisonment at Wandsworth Prison in the United Kingdom since around June 22, 2022, up until the date of adoption of this summons.

According to the Senate Standing Order 2015 as amended and the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999) as amended, it is wise and best for the third defendant to sincerely acknowledge that he has defaulted in representation, withdraw from his position, and mandate the first and second defendants (the Senate President and the Senate Minority Leader). And the 7th and 8th defendants will issue a Certificate of Return to the Plaintiff.

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