Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Konbowei Benson yesterday reiterated that he had not been served with any court order asking him to vacate his seat or from the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, concerning the election.
He said “if any person has issues, the person should go to the court.”
He said the claim by the All Progressives Congress, APC, that an Appeal Court in Port Harcourt had sacked him was baseless and unfounded.
Speaking to newsmen at the Assembly complex in Yenagoa, he insisted that he still remained the apeaker of the Assembly and member representing Southern Ijaw Constituency 4, maintaining that he had sufficient proofs that the judgement for that day was delivered in his favour.
The lawmaker stated that there was no enrolment order from the court asking him to vacate his seat or for reason of a different thing that was said in the court as had happened, neither was there an order that he should meet the INEC for a different date of election.
“INEC has not informed me of any notice of enrolment or whatever that they have also received. There is nothing,” he said.
Benson described the alleged judgement against him as a purported claim by a party with the intention to cause confusion.
He said, “The falsehood being circulated in both the social, electronic and print media by members of the APC should be disregarded as it represents the desperate ambition and interest of only the peddlers of this falsehood.
“What transpired in the open court was that the case was dismissed for lack of merit by the presiding judge of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ejembi Eko represented by Justice Muhammed Lawal Garba. This judgment was delivered in the presence of several lawyers, including my lawyers, lawyers of INEC, that of the APC and several others who were in the court for other matters on the 9th of December, 2015.
“I have contacted my lawyers who have sufficient evidence to the effect that the appellant suit by the candidate of the APC was duly dismissed for lack of merit, thereby upholding my election into the Bayelsa State House of Assembly. I use this medium to call on the National Judicial Council, NJC, to properly investigate this matter in order to save our judiciary from this huge embarrassment and bring the perpetrators to book.”

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