The coalition of opposition parties warns the Nigerian Parliament speaker to obey the courts.
The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, CNPP, has expressed outrage over the refusal of the leadership of the House of Representatives to swear in the winner of the Anambra East Federal Constituency of Anambra State, Tony Nwoye.
In a statement on Monday, the CNPP spokesman, Osita Okechukwu, said by refusing to swear in Mr. Nwoye, the Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal, has disappointed Nigerian youth who look up to him as an exemplary leader.
A Federal High Court had, in July last year, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to swear in Mr. Nwoye, a former President of the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, having been declared winner of 2011 election in the Anambra East Federal Constituency of Anambra State on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The court held that Chriscarto Ameke, who had earlier been sworn in as the winner of the seat, never participated in the election.
Consequent upon the judgement of the court, INEC issued Mr. Nwoye a Certificate of Return on July 16, 2012 while the National Assembly’s Director of Legal Services advised Mr. Tambuwal to swear him in on March 4, 2013.
Similarly, a four-member panel set up by the House leadership headed by the Chief Whip recommended that Mr. Nwoye be sworn-in while the Court of Appeal Enugu Judicial Division, holding at Enugu, on 28 March 2013, dismissed the appeal filled by Mr. Ameke for lack of merit.
“We are outraged that Rt. Hon Tambuwal, whom a lot of Nigerian youths look up to as an exemplary character out of the rot in the system, has regrettably shown that he is more or less the same culture of impunity stuff,” the CNPP said.
“Otherwise, how come the highly rated Rt. Hon. Tambuwal, against his oath of office and at variance with the Code of Conduct descended into the arena, clinging on none existing Court Order, thereby blatantly subverting the laws of the land by refusing to swear-in Comrade Tony Nwoye in the face of glaring evidences.”
CNPP said with the judgement of the Court of Appeal, Mr. Tambuwal has no reason to delay the swearing-in of Mr. Nwoye, adding that the Speaker’s rising profile could be tainted if he fails to do so.
“In sum, we challenge Rt. Hon Aminu Tambuwal to swear-in Tony Nwoye forthwith; less his rising profile will be tainted by unholy alliance with known anti-democrats,” the opposition group stated.
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