Court Restrains Saraki from Declaring Akpabio’s Seat Vacant
Senator Godswill Akpabio, who recently decamped from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party to the ruling All Progressives Congress, has obtained a court order from an FCT High Court sitting in Bwari, restraining the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki from declaring his seat vacant.
Senator Akpabio filed an ex parte application through his lawyers, Chikaosolu Ojukwu and Ebere Ahanonu, seeking to stop the moves to declare his seat as Minority Leader vacant following his defection to the ruling APC.
Justice Othman Musa, ruling on the application, also ordered Senate President Saraki not to impede Akpabio’s access to the Senate building or to take any action aimed at “overreaching his privileges and rights as a Senator pending the determination of the Summons of the applicant.”
He also ordered service of the originating summons and other processes on the Senate President through, either the Clerk of the National Assembly, Senate Clerk or any other Clerk or reasonable staff of the National Assembly at the Assembly complex.
The suit has been adjourned to the 29th of August for further hearing.