Hembe: Fear of Sack Grips Benue Legislators with Pending Cases
By John Shiaondo, Makurdi
There is palpable tension among some Benue legislators whose cases are pending in court following the recent sack of one of their colleague, Honourable Herman Iorwase Hembe by the Supreme Court.
The court, had on Friday, June 23rd sacked Hon. Hembe who was representing Vandeikya/Konshisha at the House of Representatives and declared, Mrs. Dorothy Mato who had approached the judiciary complaining of irregularities in the election as winner of the 2015 election.
The situation, Daily Asset learnt, is giving legislators in the state who are still having pending cases in court sleepless nights over what may be the outcome of their various cases.
Some of the legislators who are still battling with their cases include, Hon. Dickson Tarkighir and Hon. Benjamin Iorember Wayo, who are representing Makurdi/Guma and Kwande/Ushongo respectively at the National House of Representatives and Hon. Benjamin Nungwa a member of the state assembly, representing Kwande West constituency.
Franc Fagah Utoo had gone to court to challenge the candidature of Tarkighir citing irregularities in the nomination of the member who is currently representing Makurdi/Guma Federal constituency at the lower chamber of the National Assembly.
It would be recalled that Dickson Tarkighir had contested for and lost the PDP ticket to John Tondo at the party’s Primary Election before allegedly jumping ship overnight to be awarded the APC ticket without going through any form of contest at all.
Mr. Joseph Bôkô on the other hand has dragged the incumbent state legislator, Hon. Benjamin Nungwa, to court on the grounds of illegally causing the substitution of his name with his own, contrary to the provisions of the Electoral Act and the APC guidelines.
Recall that during the party primaries conducted in 2014 by political parties preparatory for the general elections, some aspirants under the platform of the then opposition APC in Benue had complained of irregularities in various position contested including the governorship.
At the ACN primaries in virtually all the 23 local government areas of the state, top notches of the party sacrificed credibility for their selfish interests as there were alleged issues of irregularities.
Popular candidates who won the primaries in the open contest were allegedly substituted with stooges of some APC godfathers and when people protested they were told to go to hell if they felt injured.
Considering this selfish action of the APC leaders in the state, some people including Mrs Mato, Franc Utoo, Joseph Boko among others resolved that ‘’enough is enough and and in protest proceeded before the court of law to seek justice.
But the party under the leadership of Aba Yaro had rather slammed suspension on them, a decision which was later reversed following intervention by some party stakeholders.
Now, with the decision of the Supreme Court, which sacked Hon. Hembe, fear has enveloped those still battling with their cases in court.
Daily Asset has learnt that those affected are moving from pillar to post lobbying stakeholders who can exert their political weight to upturn the case in their favour if need be.
But the judgement on the other hand has risen hopes among those who felt betrayed by the party and approached the judiciary to seek justice.