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BREAKING: Court Strikes Out Suit Challenging Saraki, Dogara, Others Defection


The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, has on Friday struck out a suit challenging the defection of the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, and 51 other lawmakers in the National Assembly.

The presiding judge, Justice Okon Abang held that the petitioner, the Legal Defence Assistance Project (LEDAP), has no locus standi to institute the suit against the lawmakers.

Justice Abang stated that the petitioner did not show any evidence that he was directly affected by the defection or that he suffered any loss over the defection.

The judge argued that one has right to initiate a suit only if he is directly affected by the action of another or that he/she suffered loss or damage.

LEDAP had asked the court to order the lawmakers to vacate their seats in the National Assembly and return all salaries and allowances earned since their defection.

The group argued that the lawmakers defected from their political parties for selfish reasons other than division in their parties as prescribed by law.

But in the case of one of the lawmakers, Senator Godswill Akpabio, Justice Abang held that he did  not violate any law as there is no evidence before him that he neither decamped to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The court had on Monday directed Senator Akpabio to file an application challenging the suit by LEDAP.

Abang said that there is no evidence before it that he was personally served since, according to him, “the suit is not a class act against the Senate”.

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