Appeal Court ruling: Kwara Assembly bars PDP lawmaker

Members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara state, on Tuesday, stormed the state House of Assembly to protest alleged refusal of leadership of the House from allowing winner of the Ilorin South state constituency, Mallam Abdulraheem Agboola, to enter the Assembly.

Recalled that Agboola recently won his case at the Appeal Court, thereby unseating the legislator earlier declared winner by the INEC, Hassan Abdulazeez.

Speaking with journalists at the Assembly complex, Agboola said that the House denied him entry since he got certificate of return from the INEC, last Thursday.

“As we all know, Appeal court is the last destination for the House of Assembly election petition process. Its ruling has declared me winner. I started from the tribunal. I have my certificate of return from the INEC national headquarters, Abuja. The INEC in Kwara did the official presentation. According to the process, I have to come to the House in person to do documentation with the clerk of the House in order to ratify, verify, genuineness of the certificate.

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“This is our third time of coming here. Since last Thursday that the certificate was issued, then Friday and today, they did not attend to us. The Speaker, the Clerk and all of them have made themselves not to be available. We’ve been patient, telling our supporters not to be violent. This is the House we built. I served here between 1999 and 2003.

“We got here by 8:00 am today, but the security personnel said that the Speaker would address when he comes. We said there’s no need for any address but entry into the House” he said.

Also speaking with journalists, chairman House committee on Information Culture and Tourism, Awolola Ayokunle, said that the House was served “a court summon joining the Speaker and the Clerk to the House, in a motion on notice with No. FHC/IL/CS/157/2019, filed in the Federal High Court of Nigeria, in the Ilorin judicial division by Hon. Hassan Abdulazeez Elewu, restraining the House from swearing in the PDP candidate pending determination of the case.

“As the first arm of government charged with the responsibility of lawmaking, the House cannot but abide by the law. However, the House is restrained from taking further steps in respect of the certificate of return issued to the PDP candidate for the Ilorin South constituency seat until the above said suit scheduled to be moved on December 16, 2019”.

He assured members of general public that the House was ready to abide by the rule of law at all times.