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Akpabio Runs To Court, Stops Saraki From Declaring Seat Vacant

Few days after the APC in Kaduna State House of Assembly declared the seat of the Deputy Speaker vacant, claiming there is no faction in APC, despite the existence of R-APC, the same APC in the Senate is now asking a court to stop the Senate from declaring the seat of a Senator vacant, who joined their party from PDP who has no known faction. Nigerian politicians are a special breed.

An FCT High Court sitting in Bwari has restrained Senate President Bukola Saraki from declaring the seat of former Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, vacant.

Justice Othman Musa on Wednesday also ordered Saraki not to impede Senator Akpabio’s access to the Senate building or take any action aimed at “overreaching his privileges and rights as a Senator pending the determination of the originating Summons of the applicant.”

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 to the ruling All Progressives Congress.

The suit has been adjourned to August 29 for further hearing.