The peace of the National Assembly was disturbed Thursday afternoon, when a group of protesters stormed the entrace to the hallow chamber, demanding the swearing in of Hon. Christian Adabah Aba, representing Ado, Okpokwu and Ogbadibo Federal Constituency, Benue State.
The protesters that were still stationed by the gate of the Assembly with blaring music, as time of this report, are demanding that Hon. Aba be sworn in by venture of a judgment of a Federal Court of Appeal, Abuja.
According to one of the leaders of the protesters, Monday Enemeri, despite been declared winner by the court, the leadership of the House of Representatives has refused to swear in Aba.
He said the present representative in the House Hon. Hassan Sale was an imposter who never participated in the general election.
He said, “Sale only participated in PDP primary, he did not participate in the general election. After the general election which Aba won, Sale went to a Federal High Court in Abuja, under Justice Adeniyi Ademola, on the ground that Aba has no certificate. The court nullified Aba’s election based on that.
“But Aba went on appeal at the Appeal Court, and the Court over ruled the High Court judgment based on the fact that Sale did not participate in the general election, apart from the party primary and so cannot reap from where he did not sow.
“The Appeal Court turned down the judgment of the High Court also on the ground, that Sale could not prove beyond reasonable doubt that Aba used fake certificate in contesting the 2015 election. The Judge said forgery is a criminal offence that must be proved beyond every reasonable doubt”
“And INEC issued Aba the Certificate of Return the same week, which with the true certified copy of the Appear Court judgment have been forwarded to the House for swearing in.
“But surprisingly since February 8 till now the Speaker of the House of Representatives has refused to act, while Sale is still in the House sitting with them.
“This is why we decided to bring the matter to the whole world. What we are saying is that Aba must be sworn in now”, he said