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Court advises Edo Speaker, aggrieved parties to reconcile


The Court of Appeal sitting in Benin the Edo State Capital, yesterday admonished the Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly, Rt Hon. Victor Edoror and the Peoples Democratic Party, PD candidate in the 2015 House of Assembly election for Etsako West Constituency 11, Sylvanus Eruaga and others to reconcile their disparity . The Court of Appeal had summoned the Speaker, Mr. Victor Edoror, to explain why he should not be committed to prison over alleged contempt of court. Equally ordered to appear before the court was the Clerk of the House, Mr. Lawson Ugiagbe. The duo were ordered to appear before the court as an aftermath of alleged refusal to comply with an earlier order, Form 48, which was a notice of consequence of disobedience of court order, in the suit marked CAC/B/EPT/343/2015. Only last week, the court was compelled to issued form 49, which is notice to show why an order of committal to prison should not be made on the Speaker and the Clerk in suit CA/B/93/2016. The order had read, “Take notice that the judgment creditor/applicant will on 21st day of March, 2016, at the hour of 9 O’ clock in the forenoon, apply to this honourable court for an order for your committal to prison, for having disobeyed the order of this honourable court made on the 19th December, 2015, requiring you to swear in the judgment creditor/applicant as the honourable member to represent Etsako West II constituency in the Edo State House of Assembly”. The speaker and the Clerk were represented in the court by Solicitor- General of the state, Mr. Oluwole Iyamu.

Iyamu, told the court that his client had not breached any order of the court, as it had withdrawn the certificate of return from Yakubu and given it to Eruaga. He added that what was left to be done was administrative, which the appellant ought not to have brought before the court, in order to avoid an abuse of court processes .“There is no order of the Court of Appeal that has been breached,” he said

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