Court sacks Nigerian Senator, demands refund of all emoluments

Bassey Akpan

A federal high court in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, has sacked the senator representing Akwa Ibom North-East Senatorial district, Bassey Akpan, from the Nigerian Senate.

The court in a judgment delivered on Monday ruled that Bassey Etim ( also known as BAFIL), and not Mr. Akpan, was the authentic candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the 2015 senatorial election in the state.

The court said Mr. Akpan vied for the PDP governorship ticket in the state, and not for the party’s senate ticket.

The court ruled that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, should immediately issue a certificate of return to Mr. Etim, a former member of the Federal House of Representatives, and that the senate should swear him in as the senator representing the district.

The court gave Mr. Akpan 90 days to refund all the money he has received as emoluments so far from the national assembly.

Mr. Akpan, a former commissioner for finance during the administration of Godswill Akpabio, is the chairman, Senate Committee on Gas.


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  • FreeNigeria

    This is so good, except we can get the illegal funds back.

  • Victor

    Somebody’s blood pressure is about to go nuclear

  • okpada

    After two years in the NASS. Nigeria judicial system na waoooooooooooh

  • government

    How can he refund his emoluments.What of the work he did during the period.

    • tundemash

      He was a usurper. Get a dictionary and check what it means; olodo. He ought to be jailed !

      • government

        He was a recognized senator.We don’t trade insults.

        • tundemash

          Mor0n, the court has just told you he stole a mandate and looted your destiny in the process and yet you are still claiming he was recognised ; by whom ?

    • Amir

      Foooolish question. That work is illegal. The court could have jailed the criminal. What of the senator he attached to his name and the skills and knowledge he illegally acquired?

    • KAL

      All the works he supposedly did during the ‘usurping’ period are described in legal lingo as ‘null, void and of no consequence whatsoever’. How can he pick the ticket to the Senate when he only contested for governorship ticket and lost? Impunity!

      • Chidex Izu

        You mean if he initiated, signed and completed a project, that project should be demolished or rescinded because it is ‘null, void and of no consequence’?

    • Amir

      Do you kill the children of an armed robber because their father is sentenced to death? Your paymaster is a political robber so must loose all properties acquired through roguery. If you are his PA refund your salary and go back to farming.

  • Cypo

    It is even good for his Party the PDP, because he Mr Akpan had already indicated that he will decamp to APC. Now, he has been sacked from the Senate.

    • tundemash

      So all you see in this is PDP vs APC. You didn’t commend the fact that the court asked the usurper to refund your some of your destiny he embezzled? You didn’t see anything wrong that your PDPigs gave he senatorial ticket to someone that never contested ?
      Your ignorance and stup1dity stinks!

    • Don

      What makes you think that the new guy has no plan of moving to APC?.

  • Cypo

    Again, his supposed new Party, APC, should have helped him to escape justice since that was part of his game plan. Nonsense.

    • tundemash

      Cl0wn, be thankful to the court they going to help recover some of your destiny he stole.

    • GUDU

      You see why you don’t read and pay attentively when issues are raised .. Did you see APC there or it’s an internal crises of the PDP…

      • Cypo

        Well, you are reading about Mr Bassey Akpan and PDP for the first time. Even elders in his Party within his Senatorial zone have accused him of poor representation and their resolve not to have him represent the zone. He decided to jump to APC.

    • Don

      Is Nelson Effiong not Bassey Akpan that defected to APC.

  • shola

    It is high time the Nigeria judiciary woke up in pronouncing justice, instead of arguing over jurisdiction.

  • objective

    This is a precedent that we must all applaud. EFCC must now take all reasonable steps to ensure that all funds paid the election cheat are recovered in accordance with the court’s order; and in time too. I think steps should also be immediately taken by EFCC to apply to court to make all politicians who have had their elections nullified, refund all sums collected during the illegal occupation of such positions. It is public funds that they were never entitled to in the first place. There must be sanity!

  • Amana

    Kwankwaso in troubleeeeee………………………..

    • MD Jarma

      He’s not cause he has 2 ticket 1 for President and 1 for Senate but this 1 he Akpan vied for the PDP governorship ticket in the state, and not for the party’s senate ticket.

  • Dejo Oladimeji

    Nigeria has brilliant lawyers, doctors, teachers and also scammers. We use our God given intelligence for wrong purposes. Can we please use our intelligence for God’s purpose!

  • Rishama

    The first question is, how do INEC accept him his nomination? Where are his opponents that they couldn’t use the alarm since? Is this the first Senator to be removed fro the National Assembly? Why is his own different that they asked him to pay aback all the emuloment? We should always ask question before drawing conclusion please. Those who live in glass house doesn’t throw stone.

    • bbounce

      Well I hope he’s the first which means our country is now wakening up.

  • Comfortkay

    Wonders will never ends, there are many of this type of Senator making laws for Nigerian.

  • Senator D

    What is Stupidity? It is Senators and House of Reps members driving more than six brand new Mercedes and SUV cars and we are screaming recession.

    What is Irony? Erm..Ermm..errmmm… It is our labour Leaders who live in mansions, driving SUVs and telling us they feel the pain of the working Nigerian person…

    What is Madness? Well, it is simply APC and PDP Governors in every state of Nigeria stealing, killing and destroying others in order to have what will not last forever!

  • Olu

    Now, we are moving forward, welldone judiciary, please keep it up.