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NDRA rallies round deputy speaker, hails his affirmation at Court of Appeal

The group that fought hard for the deputy speaker to be made from the south-east and to the man that got it has marched out again to celebrate the affirmation at the Court of Appeal. 

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The Niger Delta Rights Advocates (NDRA) has hailed the decision of the Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal for affirming the election of Rt Hon Benjamin Okezie Kalu, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives. 

The ruling delivered Monday, October, 23, 2023, by the Appellate Court and final court of adjudication on all legislative election matters in Nigeria puts paid to the sponsored ambush of a mandate freely given by the people of Bende federal Constituency on the 25th February 2023, so said the spokesman. 

“Recall that our organization had raised alarm over the activities of fifth columnists who had impersonated the candidate of the Action Alliance in that election to surreptitiously sponsor a petition at National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Umuahia, Abia state against the Deputy Speaker.  The Court of first instance (National & State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal) headed by Justice Sampson Gane, in a unanimous judgment, threw away the petition which claimed the AA party logo was excluded from the ballot papers. 

“The NDRA is forced to join issues by way of educating those who hatched the failed plot of denying Abia State and the Niger Delta region the services of a refined lawmaker view as enemies of Ndi Abia. We point them again to the letters of the Electoral Act 2022 (as amended); as we believe their plot was ill-choreographed! 

“We thank their Lordships, for seeing through the veil of an obfuscated attempt at deceiving the Courts that a petitioner existed in the Kalu case. 

“We praise both layers of the Court for refusing to be manipulated into awarding victory to a party without a candidate or surrendering the corrupt and inept machinations of the Secretary of the Abia State Tribunal (Mr Bello Hassan), who turned himself into a Court within the Court by attempting to adjudicate upon the decision of the three man panel of the Court. Thus, we believe that such officers in our judicial system, must have to be fished out and punished by the National Judicial Council.” 

The NDRA called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) to investigate all financial transactions made by Mr Bello Hassan within the election petitions window, his hotel accommodation and movements to confirm their call for his investigation and subsequent prosecution. 

“We invite Nigerians not to deter in monitoring the activities going on in the judiciary and speak up in order to dissuade lawlessness, resort to self-help and rascality in the name of a democracy.” 

(Source: Hon Bright Ngolo, National Chairman, NDRA

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