APC seeks to join suit against de­fected law­mak­ers

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By John Chuks Azu

The All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) yes­ter­day sought to be joined as a party in the suit by the People Demo­cratic Party (PDP) seek­ing to de­clare va­cant seats of de­fect­ing sen­a­tors and House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives mem­bers.

APC’s mo­tion was filed by their coun­sel James Ocholi (SAN) be­fore a Federal High Court in Abuja. How­ever, coun­sels to the PDP Amaechi Nwaiwu (SAN) and Paul Ewekoro (SAN) both in­di­cated in­ten­tion to ob­ject to the ap­pli­ca­tion and sought for date to file their re­ply.

The PDP, in the suit filed in March, is seek­ing for an or­der of man­damus com­pelling Se­nate Pres­i­dent David Mark and Speaker Aminu Tam­buwal to de­clare the seats of the law­mak­ers va­cant as stip­u­lated in sec­tion 68(1) and (g) of the 1999 Con­sti­tu­tion.

The law­mak­ers whose seats are listed in­clude Sen­a­tors Bukola Saraki, Ab­dul­lahi Adamu, Ali Ndume, Umar Dahiru, Muham­madu Lafi­agi, Magnus Abe, and Wil­son Ake.

Other sen­a­tors are Dan­juma Goje, Bin­dowo Umar Jib­rilla, Aisha Al­has­san, and Ibrahim Go­bir.

How­ever, coun­sel to the law­mak­ers Mah­mud Ma­gaji (SAN) also filed fur­ther af­fi­davit on a mo­tion for re­fer­ral be­fore the Ap­peal Court, Abuja Di­vi­sion. Jus­tice Ahmed Mo­hammed has ad­journed the suit to May 5 for re­ply and rul­ing.

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