The election of the member representing Vandikwa/Konshisha federal constituency in the Nigerian House of Representatives, Herman Hembe was on Friday declared null and void by the Supreme Court of Nigeria, saying that Mrs. Dorothy Mato was the winner of the All Progressives Congress ticket for Vandikwa/Konshisha Federal Constituency of Benue State.
The apex court therefore ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to issue certificate of return to Mato.
Mr. Hembe was ordered to vacate his post immediately and return all salaries and benefits collected while in office within 90 days.
Justice Onnoghen, CJN, held that Hembe only defected from PDP to APC on December 16, 2016 after the primary had been held.
Justice Onnoghen said, “I am satisfied that the plaintiff (appellant) has proved that the 1st defendant (Hembe) was not a member of the APC as at December 10 when the primary election was held.
“Accordingly, he was not qualified to contest the said primary election as he was still a member of the PDP. In view of the above position and the fact that only the plaintiff/appellant and Hembe were the candidates, who contested the Vandeikya/Knoshsha Federal Constituency seat in the House of Representatives, I enter judgment for the plaintiff/appellant.”