Monday, 8 June 2015

Confusion as both Hassan Saleh, Mad Lion prepare for inauguration

The people of Ado/Okpokwu/Ogbadibo Federal Constituency have been thrown into deep confusion as supporters of both Hon. Hassan Anthony Saleh and Hon. Chris Adabah Abbah get set to throng Abuja on Tuesday for the inauguration of the 8th Assembly. reported that Otukpa, the headquarters of Ogbadibo LGA and Okpoga in Okpokwu LGA earlier today reported that all was set for the take-off of supporters of both Ogbadibo born-leaders, leaving many Analysts wondering if the Federal Constituency would be obliged with 2 Honourable Members.

According to the report, Otukpa was heightened with a lot of excitements as supporters were seen at various spots emptying assorted bottles of beer and wine in euphoria of the Abuja trip.

Those who spoke with our Correspondent in Okpoga could not hide their joy over their readiness to travel to Abuja to witness what they refer to as “the return of the ‘Mad Lion’, the man of the people” while some Respondents said they were attending the inauguration of Hon. Hassan Saleh whom they referred to as ‘Okaleya’ of their time.

It would be recalled that Hon. Chris Abba defeated the immediate past Member, Hon. Saleh at the PDP Primaries in December 2014 and was thereafter returned elected unopposed, having no rival from another party.

The then incumbent however challenged Abbah’s election on the ground of certificate forgery and perjury which the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja granted the prayers of the motion.

Justice Adeniyi Ademola did not only invalidate Mr. Abbah’s election, he also declared Mr. Saleh as duly elected Member from the Constituency and ordered that certificate of return be issued to him by INEC.

Undaunted by the court order, Mr. Abbah approached the Court of Appeal which is yet to fix a date for hearing.

When contacted on the authenticity of the Member from the Federal Constituency, the Chief Press Secretary to the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Chief Kayode Idowu didn’t pick his calls nor returned his miss calls.

Meanwhile, a source at the National Assembly Management, who pleaded anonymity has just confirmed to our Correspondent in Abuja that Hon. Hassan Saleh has been duly accredited for Tuesday’s event, having successfully obtained and duly completed his accreditation form for the inauguration.

“The accreditation was done today and it’s for the Members-elect/Senators-elect and their spouse. Anybody who is not accredited is not deemed to be a Member-elect or Senator-elect and such person won’t be allowed into the chambers to participate in the inauguration and election of Tuesday”, he added.

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