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Court adjourns suit seeking to sack Ekweremadu from Senate

A FEDERAL High Court sitting in Enugu has adjourned until November 9, a suit seeking to sack the former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, from the Senate.

Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice, are facing charges bordering on conspiracy to arrange/facilitate the travel of another person with a view to exploitation, namely organ harvesting.

The London Metropolitan Police arrested the couple in June and the duo appeared before a magistrate court in July.

Ekweremadu’s wife was, however, granted bail on July 22 with the UK’s Court trial schedule revealing that the senator’s trial would begin on May 28, 2023.

However, in suit number: FHC/EN/CS/171/22, between Ogochukwu Onyema vs Senator Ahmed Lawan, the Senate, Ekweremadu, INEC and the PDP, the applicant dragged Ekweremadu to court, seeking a declaration of Ekweremadu’s seat vacant and to equally declare the applicant next in line to assume the seat.

At the hearing of the matter on Wednesday in Enugu, Onyema, who contested the PDP Senate primaries with Ekweremadu in 2018, however, filed a motion to amend the originating summons.

The Nigerian News reports that the amendment was on the runner up to the primary election, whom the plaintiff earlier claimed was dead but he ran to the court declaring that he was not dead as claimed by the plaintiff.

The court, however, could not take the motion because out of the seven respondents, only Ekweremadu’s lawyer, Ogochukwu Onyekwuluje, was present.

The presiding judge, Justice Umar Mohammed Garba, therefore adjourned the matter until November 9 for motion for regularisation and possible hearing, as well as to enable all parties to be served.

Onyema told journalists that his plot to sack Ekweremadu from the Senate was not to witch-hunt him, but to actualise his aspiration to represent his people in the Senate.

Speaking on the revelation that the person who came second in the 2018 primaries that brought in Ekweremadu was not dead as earlier stated in his affidavit, Onyema said, “I don’t want to delve into that.”

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