You Can’t Declare Akpabio’s Seat Vacant, Court Tells Saraki
A Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting in Bwari has said that the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki cannot declare the seat of Senator Godswill Akpabio vacant.
The presiding Judge, Justice Othman Musa restrained Saraki from doing so as he also ordered the Senate president from impeding Akapbio’s access to the Senate building or take any action aimed or targetted at overreaching his privileges and rights as a Senator pending the determination of the originating Summons of the applicant.
Akpabio resigned as the Senate Minority Leader and defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress.
Recalled that the Senate president also decamped from the All Progressives Congress to the Peoples Democratic Party.
Some members of the APC are also planning for Saraki’s removal, which of course he is also battling to stop at all cost.
Justice Musa ordered service of the originating Summons and other processes on Saraki through either the Clerk of the National Assembly, Clerk of the Senate or any other Clerk or reasonable staff of the National Assembly at the assembly complex.
The orders were made after an ex parte application by Akpabio’s lawyers, Chikaosolu Ojukwu and Ebere Ahanonu seeking to stop moves to declare his seat vacant following his defection from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).