Benin City - To avert being jailed for contempt by the Court of Appeal, the Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Victor Edoror on Tuesday swore-in a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmaker, Sylvanus Eruaga,
Eruaga, represents Estako II Constituency, the constituency Governor Adams Oshiomhole hails from.
The Speaker and Clerk of the House, Lawson Ugiagbe have been under pressure to swear in Eruaga or risk being charged for contempt of court.
The Court of Appeal had in December 2015 ordered the leadership of the House to swear in Eruaga as the PDP candidate, but the Speaker alongside the Clerk rebuffed the order.
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Edoror declined to swear-in Eruaga, alleging that the Certificate of Return issued to him by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), was forged.
Dissatisfied with the Speaker’s posture, Eruaga, returned to the Appellate court and obtained judgement against Edoror.
Consequently, presiding Justice Kayode Bada of the Appeal Court on Monday summoned Edoror to appear before the court within 72 hours to show cause why he should not be jailed for contempt of the court.
But in an apparent smart move, Edoror on Tuesday swore-in Eruaga.
Edoror after swearing in Eruaga explained that the assembly was mandated to obey the laws of the land.
- News 24