By Damian Duruiheoma
Justice Goddy Anunihu, presiding, declared the processes that led to the indefinite suspension of the five lawmakers as “putting the horse before the cart” and awarded N8 million as cost against the three defendants.
The embattled lawmakers are, Chiiji Collins, Isreal Nnataraoye,Nkenna Nzerue,Uche Oguwuike and Donatus Onuigwe representing Isiala Mbano, Mbaitoli, Ikeduru, Oru East and Oru West state constituencies respectively.
The lawmakers were, last July, suspended by their colleagues in what the speaker described as “un parliamentary conducts.”
They were suspended during the build-up to the impeachment of the state deputy governor, Eze Madumere. The court had since reinstated Madumere.
The presiding judge, who scolded the Imo House of Assembly for acting against the law, faulted the setting up of an investigative team to look into the allegations against the now reinstated lawmakers.
Anunihu said that, based on the evidence before him, the panel was set up even before the “purported indefinite suspension”.
One of the reinstated lawmakers, Nnataraonye, who spoke to our correspondent on the phone shortly after the judgment was delivered, said “I am in my office now. I have moved in and resumed duties immediately. This is victory for democracy and it shows that our judicial system is a place of Justice”.