Controversial Justice Okon Abang sacks two PDP federal lawmakers

Justice Okon Abang
Justice Okon Abang

An Abuja Federal High Court on Monday sacked two members of the House of Representatives from Enugu State for alleged wrongful emergence as flagbearers of the  Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the 2015 general elections.

The affected lawmakers are Stella Ngwu from Igbo-Etiti and Uzo-Uwani Federal Constituency, and Dennis Agbo from Igbo-Eze North and Udenu Federal Constituency.

Two other members of the party, Gabriel Okafor and Chijioke Ugwu, had approached the court after PDP conducted its primaries in December 2014, ahead of the 2015 general elections.

They argued in separate suits later merged by the court that Stella Ngwu and Denis Agbo’s emergence as flagbearers of the party was wrong, since they were not elected delegates to represent the party at the November 1 congress held in 2014.

The PDP and its National Working Committee were the 1st and 2nd defendants in the suits, while the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was the 3rd defendant. Ms. Ngwu and Mr. Agbo were the 4th defendants in the two separate suits.

They prayed the court to declare the election of the fourth defendants null and void.

The trial judge, Okon Abang, held that the emergence of Ms. Ngwu and Mr. Agbo was unlawful.

He ordered them to vacate their offices and return to the treasury of the National Assembly all monies they had collected by way of salaries and allowances since they resumed office in the House.

Mr. Abang said the PDP and its National Working Committee had no right nor authority to use any delegate list for the election of its candidate for Igbo-Etiti/Uzo-Uwani and Igbo-Eze North/Udenu Federal Constituencies, respectively, other than the list of delegates that emerged at congresses held on November 1, 2014.

“It is hereby declared that the 4th defendant did not emerge as winner from the primary election conducted for the purpose of electing the House of Representatives’ candidate of the 1st defendant for Igbo-Etiti/Uzo-Uwani Federal Constituency for 2015 general election since the primary election that purportedly produced her as winner was not conducted based on the list of delegates that emerged from ward congresses of the 1st defendant held on 1st November, 2014.

“It is hereby declared that the plaintiff, Dr. Gabriel .A. Okafor won PDP’s party primary election on 6th December,2014 for Igbo-Etiti/Uzo-Uwani Federal Constituency election into the House of Representatives.”

“It is hereby declared that the 4th defendant did not emerge as a winner from the primary election conducted for the purpose of electing the House of Representatives’ candidate of the 1st defendant for Igbo-Eze North/Udenu Federal Constituency for 2015 general election since the primary election that purportedly produced her as winner was not conducted based on the list of delegates that emerged from ward congresses of the 1st defendant held on 1st November, 2014.”

The judge ruled that Mr. Okafor was the rightful winner of the Igbo-Etiti/Uzo-Uwani Federal Constituency seat election, and Mr. Chijioke Ugwu won the Egbo-Eze North/Udenu Federal Constituency, Enugu State in 2015.

He ordered INEC to immediately issue certificates of return to Messrs. Okafor  and Ugwu respectively. He also awarded the sum of N100, 000 as cost against the defendants in favour of the plaintiff.

The sacked lawmakers are expected to appeal the ruling and the House of Representatives may not enforce the judgement until appeals are exhausted.

CONTROVERSIAL ANTI-PDP RULINGS

Tuesday’s rulings occur one week after Mr. Abang declared controversial businessman, Jimoh Ibrahim as the rightful governorship candidate of the PDP for the forthcoming Ondo gubernatorial election. He ordered INEC to replace the name of Eyitayo Jegede with that of Mr. Ibrahim.

Last week’s ruling was based on an earlier ruling  he gave in June where he barred the PDP from holding its national convention in Port Harcourt after he recognised a faction of the party led by Ali Modu Sheriff. The controversial rulings on the PDP leadership tussle were later investigated by the National Judicial Council, NJC. The judge later told his close friends that he had been cleared of any wrongdoing by the NJC.

Mr. Abang was also berated by the Court of Appeal for sacking the Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, and replacing him with Samson Ogar after he ruled that Mr. Ikpeazu had tax clearance problems in a pre-election matter. The Court of Appeal reversed that ruling.


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  • sir Oscie

    Justice Okon Abang on the matter.

  • oge

    Justice Abang and the PDP again… It amazes me that all court judgments that has brought unrest within the opposition PDP have all come from Justice Abang… I wonder why the DSS did not invade his residence like it did to his colleagues…

    • Rommel

      Maybe because he sticks to his guns and does not wait to be inflienced by money

  • Trueman

    Justice Abang the bang man!!!!!! Always banging

  • Emeka

    This is the only “true” judge that gives judgements based on merit and truth, no matter how bitter it may seem. Your works and legacy would find you and your generation in the nearest future, thank you my incorruptible and courageous judge. Names like, Oputa, Eso, and many upright judges started just like this, and I instinctively knew your name would be among the above mentioned names as we progress in this journey of total cleansing in Nigeria….

    • Conerned Nigerian

      Are you sure?

    • Lanre

      I think I am the only one (of those that upvoted you), that saw through the sarcasm.

  • Rommel

    Hhahahahahahahahahaha this judge no dey fear nothing !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • sab

      Go back and track his past. He may just be trying to appease some forces and get into their good books. Just track, track before you praise because if tomorrow he delivers a ‘negative’ judgement that don’t favour the forces, you, Rommel, will still come here to tell us how much he collected and all that.

    • Defence

      Sab is waiting for you to comment about missing soldiers and 13 wounded

  • SamPsalm

    Irresponsible slant by Premium Times. Okezie’s case was brought before him by another PDP member. The current case was brought before him by other PDP members. The PDP National Convention matter was initiated at the instance of PDP members against another faction of PDP members The primary nomination matter in Ondo was between PDP members exclusively. In all those cases, which ever way he ruled, he was ruling between PDP members. So how can anybody conceivably use those instances to tag him an Anti-PDP judge? That is a poor and false way to try and be seen to fighting the ‘government’. Why drag down a poor judge whose lot has been to draw those useless cases where ‘justice’ is an alien by-stander?

    • Oladele

      Justice Abang na my man! There is one other magistrate at Ikeja, im no deh collect money, policemen slapped him, after he cleaned up he still dispensed justice in favour of an innocent who could not afford to give him sisi. He has just about two suits and I am proud of such men.

    • solomon olushola

      Thank you my brother. Instead for them to look for sanctity of the ballot boxes, they preferred to let the judciary decides the outcome of elections. this is not democracy, let the party candidates face the electorates to decide who to represent them instead of handpicking political jobbers from the party.

  • Arabakpura

    All the judges rulings have been PDP against PDP; so PT, I don’t know what you guys are driving at!

  • Great Nigeria

    Bring back Justice Oyewole (The Judge that Imprisoned Bode George) of Lagos Judiciary. For the imprisonment of Bode George, he was angrily moved to Family Division in Lagos State. He is a fearless Judge. Not a money bag Judges around

    • Scrutiny

      Even he was quite controversial: the supreme court ruling on the case you mentioned, in spite of the whatever we think of Chief George, doesn’t make HJ Oyewole some hero, if you looked at details of the judgement. From the issue of fiat through that of codification of the alleged crime, to his pronouncements on vicarious guilt; controversy and conspiracy theories surrounded him. It was made worse by an attempt to impose him as Chief Justice in Osun State, in flagrant abuse of established procedure, as if in desperation to reward him for some job done. I hear he has moved permanently to Osun State in preparation, perhaps for a predetermined role

  • Activityman

    Justice Okon Abang banging these assholes again!

  • bala

    NJC AND THE ENTIRE JUDICIARY IN DISARRAY PLEASE CALL IN THE NEURO SURGEONS FOR HELP. BUHARI RELAX AND WATCH WITH RAPT ATTENTION. YESTERDAY WAS THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF BUDGET PADDERS TOMORROW WE SHALL WITNESS VOLCANIC ERUPTION FROM THE SENATE.

  • Man_Enough

    Justice Okon Abang is becoming more eminent by the day.

  • Igbos

    Igbos should give peace a chance. The courts were not created for them.

  • vagabonds in power

    A Judicial Commission of Inquiry has indicted Amaechi, the former governor of Rivers State and present minister of transportation. There is the issue of MTN bribing allegation hanging on the neck of a top officer of Government working in the State House. There are also reports of N250m used to clear grass in IDP Camps when the IDPs have no food to eat.

    These and many other issues are in the air but a member of the committee proudly told Nigerians on an AIT morning programme on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 that until two judges are sentenced for corruption, Nigerians will not take the government serious. If such senior citizens cannot tell Mr. President that until he clears his house, Nigerians cannot take his anti-corruption war serious then they should resign.

    Are they there because of the allowances or they are on that committee to help reduce corruption in Nigeria?

    This government has cleared a chief of army staff who owns properties in Nigeria and Dubai, claiming that they were procured from savings and sales from a snake farm but a Supreme Court Justice is under arrest for possessing €5,600 in his house?

    • Why do you like spewing beer parlors gossips?,none of this issues you raised are true!.

      • vagabonds in power

        Ibo man————what is not true that we have had enough of the Ibos or that Amechi was not indicted————-or what————Abi what the Chief judge said–

        • The judge okoro was a drowning man,he wants to pull Ameachi with him,where did he gets money and wealth found on his person,putting 600m in his son account without the son knowing is a good way!..just wait for all the evidences that will nail him!.

    • Ade

      Vagabond and drug addict in the dirty and polluted Ijaw creek.

      • vagabonds in power

        Yet greed would not allow u vamoose from the creeks of the Niger Delta in the SS——–to enable u go and defend ya Ibo brothers being killed by Fulani cowhands-who often seal their murderous acts up by ripping open the bellies of your women————-? Na for Ijaw land u dey fit open your 419 mouth abi?

      • vagabonds in power

        (Now if you look at the kind of votes he Jonathan scored and compared them with those of 2011, you would discover that where for instance, Abia state where I come from, in 2011 president Jonathan then scored 1.3million votes and he Buhari didn’t get anything. But this time around the PDP candidate, President Goodlkuck Jonathan scored three hundred and something thousand votes not up to one million. In Enugu where he got more than a million votes, this time he scored about 550,000 votes. The same thing Imo, Anambra and if you calculate the difference in votes between 2011 and 2015, you would discover that about four million votes were knocked off from what Jonathan scored in 2011. What he scored in 2015, four million was knocked off of what he scored in 2011 and if you look at the number of votes that were the difference between him and the winner, President Buhari now it is almost 2.5million. This was how the Ibos cheated the South south out of their victory). And some are saying we did not help Buhari win the centre? We made sure Jonathan failed at the centre and he did.Unquote— The failed thoughts of an Ibo man from the South East..

    • MNO

      If a jci indicts amaechi, why hasn’t River state used the office of the state AG via the office of the DPP to charge him to court for prosecution? Some states have done eg plateau & benue states. Otherwise, stop maligning the man. The jci was hurriedly put
      together & a white paper made overnight like never heard of b4 just to stop his ministerial nomination & since
      That didn’t work, it’s been confined to social media rhetoric.

  • otunga

    Introducing… the one…the only…the new improved Justice Okon Abang….a round of applause please..

  • ericdwise

    Chief judge of Federal high court has been under investigation for collecting money and assigning”juicy cases” to the highest bidder. Before you will praise okon abang before the facts of the matter you should be worried, concerned and its even curious why and how just this same okon abang of all the judges of the federal high court Abuja handles PDP matter. Also curious that litigants will run to Abuja and bribe for their case to be handled by a particular judge when there is a federal high court in Enugu which has jurisdiction to hear the matter. People are low understanding are already jumping in the band wagon. There is something sinister and dangerous and curious about okon abang and his PDP cases. Period!!!! Sooner than later we will know.Finally I await the appeal court judgment and will watch if INEC will rush as was done in Abia situation to give fake certificate of return based on kangaroo judgement of okon abang.

  • Tafida Gadzama

    The only credible judge in Nigeria.

    • Michael

      I would be careful with that comment. Although he means well, he often makes mistakes in his judgements and does not have a firm grasp of the law.

      • Tafida Gadzama

        You may be right but most Nigerian judges are nothing but justice for cash.

    • Kñîghtš Tëmpłær

      What have you been snorting?

  • Etomi

    Abang lokks like some fag that takes cock in his gaping arse!

  • Mufu Ola

    My next son shall be named ‘Okon Abang’.Just like Rotimi Amechi’s father named him after Chief Rotimi Williams,& zJonathan’s dad gave him ‘Azikiwe’. Abang is a courageous judge.

    • Kñîghtš Tëmpłær

      Okon is very corrupt…go ask your brother Buruji Kashamu his best friend

      • Bigtin

        Gbam!

    • ericdwise

      Its better you name your son Anini, Monday osunbor or shina Rambo they are more prestigious robbers if you are looking for great robbers to name your sons after!!!

  • Mosley

    Hope this judgenent will stand on appeal.

  • vagabonds in power

    A Judicial Commission of Inquiry has indicted Amaechi, the former governor of Rivers State and present minister of transportation. There is the issue of MTN bribing allegation hanging on the neck of a top officer of Government working in the State House. There are also reports of N250m used to clear grass in IDP Camps when the IDPs have no food to eat.

    These and many other issues are in the air but a member of the committee proudly told Nigerians on an AIT morning programme on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 that until two judges are sentenced for corruption, Nigerians will not take the government serious. If such senior citizens cannot tell Mr. President that until he clears his house, Nigerians cannot take his anti-corruption war serious then they should resign.

    Are they there because of the allowances or they are on that committee to help reduce corruption in Nigeria?

    This government has cleared a chief of army staff who owns properties in Nigeria and Dubai, claiming that they were procured from savings and sales from a snake farm but a Supreme Court Justice is under arrest for possessing €5,600 in his house?

    • Mickey Law

      Vagabond on social media

  • Mickey Law

    Premiumtimes, what makes Okon Abang controversial. He is one the courageous Judges around

    • ericdwise

      Okon abang is controversial because of so many curious judgements of his which I will give you a few if you have details. Abangs judgements hardly survives the appellate court (2) abang arrogates to himself an appeal court (3) he will refuse to hands off a matter even when it is a normal practice (4) why is abang always handling cases involving kashamu, jimoh Ibrahim and PDP(5) his abia state tinted judgment is still fresh, his PDP convention matter and lastly ondo guber issue,a matter he has remitted the file to the chief judge he curiously turned to father Xmas and gave jimoh Ibrahim judgment in a matter not concerning him…the list is endless. Edo state too his candidate from sheriff fraction…what else will he do to merit the title controversial…he has done all.

    • abodes_124

      The Appeal court statement while reversing one of his rulings makes him somewhat controversial amongst a few other things.

  • Du Covenant

    What type of country do Nigerians want to have?, what makes Mr. Abang controversial for doing his job as the title of this piece is suggesting?. Why are Nigerians willing to sympathize with the way those accused of corruption are being arrested?, do Nigerians know that a corrupt judge who sells justice to the highest bidder is far more dangerous than the worst criminal on this planet?. Why do we condone bad people and chastise those with some reasonably good qualities?. Have we not seen how Nigeria has been reduced to nothing by a few greedy and selfish few?.

  • Burning Spear

    (The raging regime atrocities of the Buhari Administration would not have found their roots in the history of the country again if Nigeria’s Mainstream Civil Society Community of Southwest or Lagos extraction; oiled by some of the country’s leading tainted personalities have not conspired to impose the present demo-dictatorship on Nigerians. It is extremely important, therefore, to remind all and sundry that the present demo-dictatorship ravaging Nigeria is as a result of conspiratorial roles of Lagos Politics, Nigerian Mainstream CSOs (i.e. rights groups, rights activists, activist lawyers, activist professors, activist professional bodies and industrial unions), Mainstream Print and Audio-Visual Media and a handful of leading online media.

    It is therefore shocking and saddening that the messy situation that Nigeria finds itself today, which is getting messier day in day out, originates from the foregoing. It will forever remain an indisputable theory in the world of sciences that something can never be derived from nothing. For no matter how brilliant a first school leaving certificate holder or secondary school attendee is, he or she can never conduct academic teachings in the university; and no matter how spiritually gifted a first school leaving certificate holder pastor is, he or she can never climb beyond the first step of a ladder in the Christendom. Where academic discrepancies exist at the altar of leadership, it is either enslavement or conflict or both with end-product being quackery or neo-quackery.)

  • emmanuel

    Abang is not only controversial, but smell heavily of bribe. He has taken over from Ibrahim Buba. His judgement forecloses windows for appeal and that is criminal and fraudulent

  • Ola Oluwa

    This too shall pass.

  • Omo Akin

    There are PDP sympathizers in Premium Times and you can know them by the captions of their reports. All the so called anti-PDP rulings were given in favor of PDP members, so how can the rulings be termed anti-PDP? if a PDP member sues another PDP member, one of them will win and the other will loose. Or is the trial of Olisa Methu anti-PDP? After-all, Methu had offered to return the money which shows that he has a case to answer, yet Methu tried to blackmail this same judge.
    Premium Times will start to lose its high esteem if it allows these partisans in its midst to soil its reputation by their prejudiced captions that cannot be substantiated.

  • musa aliero

    Since he is not making anti apc rulings, but rather making anti PDP rulings, dss will not investigate him! Nigeria is doomed!

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  • Scatter

    “He (Justice Abang) ordered them to vacate their offices and return to the treasury of the National Assembly all monies they had collected by way of salaries and allowances since they resumed office in the House.”

    Gbam! Fantastic ruling. Would serve as deterrent to those who think they’ve nothing to lose rigging their way into elective office since they’d still have earned some nice little cash even if they eventually get the boot.

  • Shina

    Justice Okon Abang!…I’m some how liking this guy’s audacity in over-ruling the status quo…Thumbs up and keep it up

  • George

    And this Abang isn’t corrupt APC shameful.

    That rascal judgement is going nowhere because the Supreme court will definitely crash it the way it came. Thank God we still have some free minded justices in this Nation.

  • Tafida Gadzama

    I can see hypocrisy here. When PDP were in existence without a northern leaders it was alright but yara”dua was a president, he was regarded as weak and when Jonathan took over it was credible. Now that is Buhari, it’s the same words.

  • thusspokez

    There is only one person at fault here, namely the mediocre INEC. All the problems had stemmed from the incompetent INEC. If INEC did its work properly, there wouldn’t be all these court cases and confusion.

    There are to many of these election disputes ending up in courts; and they can be very disruptive to people’s lives. It is also taking up courts’ resources that would have been assigned to other cases, not to mention the cost of election reruns.

    There was the mediocre Prof. Jega only to be replaced by yet another mediocre professor namely Prof. Yakubu. Clearly, these Nigerian professors are not up to the job of conducting elections effectively and efficiently. And I have said this more than a dozen times.