Friday, 5 September 2014

Court Retrained Factional Speaker of Eboni State Assembly from Parading herself as Speaker

An Abakaliki High Court has restrained the factional speaker of Ebonyi
state House of Assembly,Mrs. Helen Nwaobasi from parading herself as
the speaker of the state House of Assembly.

Recall that Mr Nwazunku and his group had obtained an interlocutory
injunction asking the court to stop Mrs Helen Nwaobasi from parading
herself as the speaker of the state house of Assembly.

Trouble started on 21st July when 18 out of 24 members of the state
Assembly purportedly impeach The speaker, Mr Nwazunku and elected
Mrs.Helen Nwobasi as speaker.

The presiding Judge,Mrs. Ken Chinyere Eze, who upheld the motion of
Mr. Nwazunku and his group  ordered that the parties involved in the
case should continue to maintain peace and order and return to status
quo pending when the substantive suit will be determined on 21st
september 2014 by the court.

The presiding Judge also ruled that the earlier argument by the
council to Mrs. Nwaobsi questioning the jurisdiction of the court to
hear the case was in error maintaining that  the court has the
jurisdiction to entertain the State Assembly matters. .

Briefing newsmen shortly after the ruling by the court, counsel to
Hon. Nwazunku , chief Mudi Arenede said there are two rulings by the
court, first was the jurisdiction to entertain the matter and other
application by the plaintiff.

According to him "If you remember the learned SAN who is representing
the Pro impeachment group argued that the court has no jurisdiction to
entertain this suit on account that, he relate to the proceedings of
the House of Assembly, so the court determined it today and it has the

"Most importantly the second harm is that the court has made an order
of interlocutory injunction restraining Hon. Helen Nwaobasi from
parading or holding herself out to members of the public as the
speaker of Ebonyi state house of assembly until the substantive suit
is determined.

Chief Arenede commended the court for ruling the matter in tandem with
the position of the law stressing that the substantive suit which
according to him is to challenge the process of the alleged
impeachment of Hon. Nwazunku in court.

On his part, the counsel to Hon. Helen Nwaobasi, Chief Mogbo Anthony
SAN, said he will consult with his client to get further briefing on
the next line of action.

The court, however, adjourned the matter to 14th October, 2014 for
further hearing pending when the defendant will file their papers.



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