Hembe’s Replacement Sworn in

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House of Reps [Photo: Twitter - @HouseNGR]

Finally, the House of Representatives swore  in the replacement for the sacked member representing Vandeikya/Konshisha federal constituency of Benue state, Herman Hembe Tuesday.

Dorothy Mato was sworn in at plenary by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara.

Her supporters could be seen in the gallery in an apparently happy mood.

Hembe, who was chairman of House Committee on FCT had been sacked by the Supreme Court in June 23 this year for not being the proper candidate of the All Progressives Party, APC for the last National Assembly election in Benue State.

He was asked to immediately vacate his seat and refund all renumeration that had accrued to him since he was in the House.

The Apex Court ordered INEC to immediately withdraw the certificate of return issued to Hembe and issue same to Mato; and ordered the Speaker of the House to swear- in Mato as Hembe’s replacement.

But Hembe in a surprise twist, had filed a motion on notice dated 18, 2017, in the Supreme Court asking the Court to reverse the judgement.

According to him, the judgement was done “In error arising from an accidental slip.”

But the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Walter Onnoghen in a September 20 ruling on the issue insisted that the court being the Apex court of the land cannot reverse itself.

The Supreme Court had also expressed displeasure over the reluctance of the leadership of the House to swear in Mrs. Dorothy Mato as Hembe’s replacement since it gave a judgement to that effect on June 23, 2017.

The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Walter Onnoghen, also expressed the disappointment of the Court with the attitude of the House leadership over the Mato ruling.

He described the reluctance of the House to abide with the ruling as ” a very terrible paragraph in the history of the nation’s democracy.”

Mato was sworn in yesterday over three months after the ruling of the Supreme Court.

The Nation

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