Hon.Emeka Nnamani, the member representing Aba North and Aba South Federal Constituency has urged his supporters not to panic after a ruling of the National Assembly Tribunal that sat in the state sacked him.
Nnamani urged his supporters to remain calm as he affirmed that he remained the member representing the Federal Constituency until the final part of the judgement, stressing that he is sure that he would retain his seat to continue to serve Aba at the National Assembly.
The National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Umuahia, Abia State capital, led by Justice Adeyinka Aderibigbe reportedly sacked Nnamani, who is a member of the Labour Party and ordered that a certificate of return be issued to the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Alex Ikwechegh.
After the tribunal judgement, many media outlets have been reporting that the tribunal sacked Nnamani because of certificate forgery.
Others equally reported that there was a court ruling banning him from participating in elections for ten years, but the lawmaker elected on the platform of the Labour Party (LP) at the briefing debunked and described it as a lie from the pit of hell.
“There was nothing like the court banning me Emeka Nnamani from contesting an election in 10 years. That’s a fallacy and a fabrication from the pit of hell used regularly by opposition parties to pull us back.
“The records of what the court said at that time in 2015 are there. I do not want to bring the competent of the court into question because our jurisprudence is a perfect one and works according to the evidence available to them.
“As of 2015, there were hiccups that my opponent took advantage of mentioning the institution they mentioned and the institution has since then said that they had issues with the exams and records of the school which led to misplacement of some records when they were moving from analogue to digital records keeping.
“There were cases of missing records and somebody went to that institution and took advantage of such a problem. But since then, the institution has cleared me.”
Explaining further, Nnamani said that in the 2023 Tribunal, four petitions were brought against him and his party, the Labour Party.
“In the midway, APC and AA withdrew which I’m grateful for because they saw no reason to help in my distraction and the effect it would have on my Constituency.
“The PDP and APGA decided to continue with the petition and in court, they brought a quite number of things ranging from the issue of election, areas where election didn’t hold.
“They also brought issues of INEC’s unpreparedness for the election, people they felt were disenfranchised and purportedly claimed that those people would have voted for them.
“The Court threw those issues away and upheld my election on that section. APGA also claimed that I participated in their primaries which is not true because I never knew when it took place.
“Again, they brought the 2015 case where the judges were misled thinking that I didn’t graduate from the institution they mentioned at that time of which I’ve been cleared.
“The court already has before it a report of police clearance on me that I didn’t have any case of forgery. We all know that for you to substantiate any case of forgery in the Nigerian Constitution, there has to be a police report.
“However in 2015, there was none. Rather the court requested that any party involved or any interested party has the liberty to go to the police and make a complaint and they also asked the police to investigate and possibly prosecute.”