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EBONYI: Speaker, 14 lawmakers file appeal, stay of execution

THE Speaker of the State of Assembly, Hon Francis Nwifuru and 14vother lawmakers sacked by the Court for defecting to the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) said they were dissatisfied with the judgement.

Justice Inyang Ekwo of Federal High Court, Abuja, had on Tuesday in his ruling, declared vacant the seats of Speaker Nwifuru and 14 other lawmakers.

The Judge ordered INEC to conduct a by-election to fill in the vacant seats, in the respective constituencies within 90 days.

But Nwifuru who briefed Journalists alongside the other 14 lawmakers at the Speaker’s lodge in Abakaliki on Thursday disclosed that they had filed an appeal and stay of execution, in respect to the judgement

Nwifuru, however, said they would obey the judgement.

“It is about two days ago we started hearing the rumour that a federal high court in Abuja declared our seats vacant on the ground that we defected from PDP to APC.

“I know the position of the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria, but I am not in a position to know how the judiciary interprets the law. I am not against that.

“We have filed an appeal and a stay of execution. Since the matter is in the court of law, there is no need to say anything about it. Our position is that the law will take its position. We are begging our constituents to remain law-abiding”, he said.

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