Group sues Nwaoboshi over alleged murder, claims N500 million damages from PDP
The Incorporated Trustees of Anti-Corruption And Integrity Forum has taken Representative of Delta North Senatorial district, Peter Nwaoboshi, to a Federal High Court, Asaba over the alleged murder of one Zakarie Saswed on July 20, 2013.
Speaking yesterday in Asaba, counsel to the plaintiff, Edward Omaga, said the group in suit number FHC/ASB/C5/11/2019, before Justice O. E. Abang, also joined the Peoples Democratic Party (with an exemplary damages of N500 million), Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, as well as Commissioner of Police as second, third, fourth and fifth defendants.
From the originating summons, the plaintiff is praying the court to determine, “Whether by the true interpretation of Section 66 sub- section 1 (g) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), the first defendant is not disqualified from contesting the 2019 Delta North Senatorial district election.
“This is on the grounds that he is a member of First Trigger Boys (FTB) cult and sponsored the murder of one Zakarie Saswed and other motorcycle operators popularly called ‘Okada riders in Ibusa Community, Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State between June and July, 2013.”
The plaintiff also sought an order that any certificate of return issued by INEC to Nwaoboshi, who is PDP candidate in the 2019 senatorial election should be retrieved and direct that a fresh certificate of return be issued to the candidate who came second in the October 2, 2018 primary election.
“Alternatively, in the event that the name of the first defendant is retained by the third defendant as candidate and he contests the election slated for February 16, 2019, before the determination of the suit, there should be an order directing the defendant to activate its statutory powers under Section 211 sub-section 1(b) of the 1999 Constitution by reopening and continuing with charge number O/21c/2013.
The plaintiff is also seeking an order of exemplary damages in the sum of N500 million against the second defendant for presenting the first defendant to the third defndant as its candidate for the 2019 Delta North Senatorial district election.
Counsel to the plaintiff said the judge granted two of the originating summons, as plea for an order for accelerated hearing of the suit was denied.
Secretary of the group, Kelly Adediran Raymond, said: “My interest in this case is the same as those of other law-abiding citizens of Delta State. When we see a case of corruption, civil injustice and integrity, we wade in because we have the interest of the masses at heart. One of our cardinal duties is to wade into cases like this wherever they happen in Nigeria.”
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