Defection: AGF, INEC shun suit seeking to declare Saraki, Dogara, others seat vacant

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, have shunned the suit seeking to declare the seat of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, and 53 other lawmakers, vacant.

Among those the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court was asked to sack from the National Assembly for dumping political parties that sponsored their election, contrary to section 68 of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, included the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, and former Minority Leader of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio.

AttorneyGeneral of Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami

Others include Senators Dino Melaye, Rabiu Kankwaso, Lanre Tejuoso, Shaaba Lafiagi, Rafiu Ibrahim, Barnabas Gemade, Abdulazeez Nyako, Monsurat Sunmonu, Usman Nafada, Suleiman Hunkuyi, Ibrahim Danbaba, Ubale Shittu, lsah Misau, Suleiman Nafif.

The House of Reps members included Hon. Zakari Mohammed, Hon. Aminu Shagari, Hon Ooker-Jev, Hon. Rufai Chanchangi, Hon. Abdulsamad Dasuki, Hon. Sani Zoro, Hon. Ben6jamin Okolo, Hon. Bode Ayorinde, Hon. Sani Rank, Hon. Dickson Tarkighir, among others
Justice Okon Abang had on Thursday, suspended already prepared judgment on the matter owing to an application the Defendants filed for the court to allow them to respond to the suit that was lodged by a Civil Society Organization under the aegis of Legal Defence and Assistance Project, LEDAP.

The court had before it acceded to the request, lambasted the lawmakers who it accused of “arresting” its judgment.
Justice Abang held that the conduct of the Defendants who he noted failed to respond to the suit that was filed since 2018, but only to approach the court with applications on the day the judgement was fixed for delivery, amounted to “slapping the court on the face”.

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