A Federal High Court in Abuja has sacked an Enugu state House of Representative member, Dennis Amadi.
At his ruling in Friday, June 10, the judge over the matter, Okon Abang said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primaries election that produce Amadi as a lawmaker was illegal, null and void.
Abang however held that the December 6, 2014, primary election conducted by the party was valid.
He also affirmed Ogbuefi Ozomgbachi as the winner of the PDP primaries.
Amadi had earlier won the Udi/Ezeagu federal constituency of Enugu state.
Following his ruling, Abang further ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) – the third defendant in the suit – to immediately issue a certificate of return to Ozomgbachi.
The judge also ruled that a certificate of return for Udi/Ezeagu federal constituency previously given to Amadi be withdrawn and that he (Amadi) vacate his seat immediately.
“After a careful reading through the submissions of counsel in the suit, I note that the election of the plaintiff was conducted at the designated venue for the Udi/Ezeagu Federal Constituency of Enugu state,” Abang said.
Abang said the plaintiff has shown that duly appointed electoral body officials were present during the election and also declared him winner.
“I find merit in his request to uphold his election and therefore hold that he be declared the authentic winner of the primaries held on the 6th of December 2014 having duly satisfied the party’s guidelines for elections in 2014,” he said.
“Dennis Amadi who is the first defendant in this suit shall also return all the monies collected by way of salaries, allowances or whatsoever since when he took the seat,” he added.
Abang also awarded N100,000 to the plaintiff against the first respondent.
In his originating summons, Amadi had prayed the court for a restraining order against Ozomgbachi and his allies.
One of the prayers sought were: “An order of injunction restraining the 1st defendant by himself or his privies, servants or otherwise whosoever from parading himself as the 2nd defendant’s candidate for Udi/Ezeagu Federal Constituency and from presenting himself to any person or authority including the 2nd and 3rd defendants as being the 2nd defendant’s candidate for the Udi/Ezeagu Federal Constituency.”