APC moves to drag Bayelsa Speaker, Ngobere, INEC to court over contempt


The All Progressives Congress (APC) has threatened to drag the Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Hon. Abraham Ngobere, to court for refusing to honour a court of appeal order that sacked a member for defecting from the party to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the state.

Also included in the case is the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for not abiding by the order of the court which sacked Hon. Daniel Charles with immediate effect.

DAILY POST had earlier reported that the Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on July 14, sacked the member representing Brass Constituency 1 in the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Hon. Daniel Charles, over his defection from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The APC had dragged Charles to court seeking his sack after he defected to the PDP.

Hon. Charles won the case at the Federal High Court in Yenagoa presided over by Justice Isa Dashen, which prompted the APC to proceed to the Appeal Court.

The Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt had on July 14 in a unanimous decision by Justices Joseph Shagbaor Ikeyegh, Gabriel Omoniyi Kolawole and Olabode Adegbehingbe in suit CA/PH/79/2022 ruled that there was merit in the appeal filed by the APC which sought the sacking of Charles as a member of the House for defecting to the PDP from APC on whose platform he emerged the House of Assembly member.

The Court which hinged its decision on Section 109(1) (g) and (2) of the Constitution ordered the Speaker of the House under constitutional duties to declare his seat vacant and directed Charles to return all monies and allowances he has collected since 14/04/2021.

Counsel to APC, Mr Tuduru Ede who expressed dismay that Charles is still being allowed to participate in the deliberation of the House said INEC, the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Ngobere and Charles are all in contempt of the Court’s ruling.

Ede who insisted that the Court of Appeal made a declaratory judgment said the implication of allowing Charles to remain in the House is that all motions and decisions made by the House of Assembly are null and void.

“The Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, INEC, and the House of Assembly as an institution and Hon Dr Charles Daniels are in contempt of Court by their actions for allowing Hon Charles to be part of the House. The Court of Appeal has sacked him and INEC should have conducted an election into the vacant seat.

“Hon Charles is no longer a member of the House and he should have returned all the monies he collected since April 2021. He risks going to jail for showing contempt to the order of the Court. This is part of the impunity we are talking about. The implication of what the House of Assembly has done is that by allowing Dr Daniels who has been sacked in the eyes of the law since April 20 21 to be part of its deliberation means all their actions, motions are null and void. By allowing him to be part of any deliberation means all what they are doing is nullity.”

When contacted, Hon Charles said he would need to talk to his lawyer before offering a response.

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