A senator in Taraba State elected under the banner of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Emmanuel Bwacha has been sacked by the Federal High Court in Jalingo for joining the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Delivering his ruling, Justice Simon Amobeda ordered Senator Bwacha to “immediately vacate” his seat as a Senator.
According to Justice Amobeda, Mr Bwacha’s mandate in the Red Chamber belongs to the PDP, not APC, because he had been elected under the platform of the main opposition party.
The court ruling has sparked a war of words between the PDP and APC in Taraba State. The PDP had approached the court to declare the Senator Bwacha’s seat vacant “for dumping” the party on whose platform he was elected.
According to the APC public relations officer in the state, the judgement did not come to the party as a surprise, given the “antecedents” of the Honourable Justice. He added that the ruling will be challenged at a higher court.
In its own reaction, the PDP commended the judgment, saying that justice had been done.
Writing by Fany Olumoye; Editing by Tony Okerafor