By Ikechukwu Nnochiri
The Federal High Court in Abuja, on Friday, dismissed a suit that sought to declare seats of Senators Bukola Saraki, Godswill Akpabio, Speaker Yakubu Dogara and 51 federal lawmakers that decamped from their respective political parties prior to the 2015 general election, vacant.
Those the court declined to sack from the National Assembly over the contention that their defection was in violation of section 68 of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, included the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, former Minority Leader of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara.
Lawmakers the Plaintiff which is an advocacy group under the aegis of Legal Defence and Assistance Project, LEDAP, asked the court to declare their seats vacant, comprised of 17 Senators and 37 House of Reps members.
The Defendants included both members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Peoples Democratic Party,…