The Supreme Court has sacked Herman Hembe, lawmaker representing Konshisha/Vandekiya Federal Constituency of Benue State, from the House of Representatives.
The apex court also ordered a replacement be sworn in without delay.
The Court further declared Mrs Dorathy Mato as the rightful candidate who won the All Progressive Congress (APC) party ticket.
Mr. Hembe was ordered to return all salaries and benefits collected while in office within 90 days.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State has issued a seven-day ultimatum to suspended Chairman, Mr Issac Kekemeke, to resign or face the consequences.
The demand followed recommendation by a three-member fact-finding committee headed by Mr Abayomi Adesanya, to investigate the ongoing crisis in the party.
The report of the committee was submitted to the State Executive Committee (SEC) of the party in Akure.
The Committee had on June 1 passed a vote-of-no-confidence on Kekemeke, suspended him over alleged misconduct.
He was immediately replaced by Chief Ade Adetimehin as acting chairman.
The report reads: “The evidences were thorough, coherent, straightforward, cogent, compelling and very convincing.
“However, the committee recommends, that in the spirit of reconciliation and party unity, Mr DI Kekemeke should resign within seven days as the chairman of APC in Ondo State.
“This will be from the date of submitting and adoption of this report by the State Executive Committee.
“Where he fails and refuses to voluntarily resign within the time limit, his action or inaction should be taken as removal from office, in pursuant to Article 21(D) (I) (e) of the APC Constitution as amended.”
The Kano state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Saturday reversed the expulsion of Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin, suspended member of the House of Representatives.
It will be recalled that Jibrin was on Thursday expelled by the Bebeji local government chapter of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in Kano state over alleged anti-party activities.
Chairman of the party in Bebeji local government, Alhaji Sani Kanti Garka, told a press conference that Jubril was expelled from the party on a four-count charge.
However, Bashir Yahaya Karaye, public relations officer of Kano APC, said in a statement today that a party official breached protocols to give “wrong information” to Nigerians.
Karaye described the situation as embarrassing, adding that Jibrin remains a “strong”, and “essential” member of the party.
The party further assured Nigerians that the ‘mischievous’ members behind the pronouncement will be dealt with appropriately.
The statement read: “We have received with absolute disappointment rumour of expulsion of Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin Kofa, a strong pillar of our party, the APC in Kano and Nigeria as a whole. The unfounded report was said to have originated from a member of the party who clearly abused the party’s protocols in disseminating that wrong information to the public.
“The party wishes to state that neither the leader of the party in Kano, His Excellency, the executive Governor of Kano, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje nor the state chairman and state executive committee were consulted or endorsed such mischievous act.
“The party is appealing to the public to disregard that mischief as it sets out to penalize all the members involved in this dispiriting embarrassment and unnecessary confusion among members and in the media.
“APC does not and will never tolerate impersonation, abuse of office and wanton vindictiveness by a member who had no authority to make such grave pronouncement, especially at the time we are building a united force to deliver on our promises for the people of Nigeria.
“We wish to emphasize that Hon. Jibrin is an essential member of the APC, and his contributions and representations of our interests have never gone unrecognized.”
Jubril has had a running battle with the leadership of the House of Reps over allegations of budget padding which led to his suspension from attending 360 sittings of the House of Representatives.
Senator Kanti Bello is a former Senate Majority Whip, who represented Katsina North Senatorial District on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) before joining the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), one of the legacies parties that formed the All Progressives Congress (APC).