An High Court sitting in Abakaliki today,Wednesday,has restrained Hon. Blaise Orji from parading himself as the Speaker of Ebonyi state House of Assembly .
This followed court action by the Speaker of the Eboyi State House of Assembly,Rt.Hon.Chukwuma Nwazunku challenging his purported impeachment while the House was on recess by some members and his substitution by Hon Blaise Orji.
Nwazunku in the said suit prayed the Court to declare the said impeachment as illegal and as well restrain the first respondent Blaise 0rji from parading himself as the Speaker of the State House of Assembly.
Nwazunku further prayed the Court to order the 14th and 15th defendants,Police and State Government to restore his security details and every benefits in standing with his status as the Speaker the State Assembly.
Ruling on the matter,the Judge ,Justice Anselem said that the impeachment of the Speaker by the 1st to 13th defendants contravened section 92, (2c) of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended and the rule of State House of Assembly,2011.
The observed that the sitting of the 1st to 13th Defendants at the Topview Hotel to carry out the purported impeachment was null and void as it constrained section 101 of the Constutution of the Fedral Republic of Nigeria.
The Court therefore reinstated Nwazunku as the authentic Speaker of the Ebonyi state House of Assembly.
Reacting to the ruling,the Leading Counsel to the Plaintiff,Chief Samuel Okoronkwo said he was happy over the victory, adding that the judgment was an indication that the constitution was supreme, whereas the leading Counsel to the Defendants,Barrister Victor Izioko said that he had no comment until he receive a copy of the judgment and study it.