A Federal High Court sitting in Jalingo, Taraba State has sacked Senator Emmanuel Bwacha representing Taraba South for defecting to the All Progressives Congress.
In a suit marked FHC/JAL/CS/9/2022, Justice Simon Amobeda ordered Bwacha to immediately vacate his seat as a Senator.
Court ruled that the Senate President should immediately declare his seat vacant in Nigeria’s Upper Chamber.
Part of the judgement read, “the 4th defendant (The Senate President) shall immediately declare as vacant the seat of the 1st defendant in the Senate of the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“The 3rd Defendant (Independent National Electoral Commission) shall immediately conduct a bye-election among the candidates that contested the 2019 general elections for Taraba South Senatorial District of Taraba State.
“Leave is hereby given to the plaintiff to present another candidate to fill the vacancy created by the 1st defendant’s defection to the 2nd defendant not later than 90 days from the date of this judgement,” the judgement read.
This is even as the court restrained Senator Emmanuel Bwacha, his agents or privies from accessing allowances due to the occupant of the seat until a winner emerged from the election to be conducted.