- A court has stopped Senate president Bukola Saraki from declaring Godswill Akpabio's seat vacant
- The court has also ordered Saraki not to impede Akpabio's access to the Senate building
An Abuja high court has on Wednesday, August 16, ordered Senate president Bukola Saraki not to declare the seat of former minority leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, vacant after his defection to the All Progressives Congress.
Justice Othman Musa who gave the rulings also ordered Saraki not to impede Senator Akpabio's access to the Senate building or taking any action aimed at "overreaching his privileges and rights as a Senator pending the determination of the originating Summons of the applicant."
Daily trust reports that Justice Musa ordered service of the court papers on Saraki 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 (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The suit has been adjourned to August 29 for further hearing.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that Senator Akpabio declared on Monday, August 13, that any move to declare his seat vacant in the Senate will prove abortive.
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Akpabio said if his seat must be declared vacant, the seats of those, who defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), should also be declared vacant.
According to him, if the excuse of those calling for his seat to be declared vacant is that there is no rancour in PDP to warrant his defection, they should also know there is no rancour in APC.
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