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Thursday, 6 July 2017

Dogara Defies Supreme Court, Refuses To Swear-In Victorious Rep Mrs. Mato


Almost two weeks after the Supreme Court pronounced the election of former lawmaker, Herman Hembe from Benue – illegal and declared one Hon. Dorathy Mato, the duly elected member representing Vandeikya/Konshusha federal constituency of Benue State, the House Speaker, Yakubu Dogara has defied the court judgement directing the House to swear the lawmaker in.

To this end, the beneficiary of the Supreme Court judgement on Thursday expressed frustration over what she ‎described as “politics of dilly-dallying” being orchestrated by the Speaker and the Clerk of the House.
Speaking to newsmen on behalf of the visibly emotional, yet to be admitted representative, a constituent who also represents her in the House Assembly, Hon. Maureen Acka decried the delay tactics being employed by the House leadership to keep Hon. Mato away from taking up her mandate as directed by the Supreme Court.
“We all came in anticipation of this and they kept us waiting and dilidalying, they keep saying, wait we are coming, everything, processes are just mumble jumbled, at the end of it they said we should wait that they are in plenary session. We all waited patiently, only for them to come out and nothing happened and we are wondering.
“Papers and things need to be filed and things need to be done, she has done everything that is required to have been done. I just pray and hope, that is not some kind of a game because it will not be right. I’m APC, I was ACN before APC, I’m a politician, she’s been a politician, she’s a RT. Honourable, we know the law, we are hopeful that women will be carried along.
“This issue of women’s gender equality, empowerment and all of that, you intimidate us, we swim, we manage to swim across, when we swim we get victory at the court, you now want to shove us back to drown. We have come to the right quarters where victory is to be sealed but we are trusting that the Speaker and every other person will do the right thing. What is the problem here today?
She was manipulated out of the election, just as I was by this same person whom God gave victory against him. I’m rejoicing with her and the women, and they are truncating our victory. There is no tangible reason that has been given”, the state lawmaker said on behalf of her frustrated representative.
When asked as to why the House has failed to admit the victorious politician into the chamber and swear her in, the Spokesman of the House, Abdulrazak Namdas (APC, Adamawa), denied insinuation that misogyny is being committed  against the person due to her gender.
Namdas said: “It is not true that because she is a woman that we have refused to or the speaker has refused her in, that is not true”.
“In my state, a colleague of mine from Adamawa state court appeal ruled and he lost his seat and a woman replaced him, her name Talatu was sworn in immediately. 
“So you can see it is not an issue of gender and I know that as a matter of fact, if there is any pronouncements by the court, they are also some processes you have to undergo in the House before you are sworn in.
“I’m not aware that has been done, I have to look at it and I can tell you that if all the right processes have been fulfilled, I don’t think there is any reason that she will not be sworn in. But the truth is that as far as I’m concerned there are certain processes that you have to go though here before you get sworn-in, if not people can just come from the market, so some due process must be followed and if those processes are followed, you will be there to report it”, Namdas said.

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