Court Suspends Sack Judgment Of Saraki, Melaye, Others
Bukola Saraki & Dino Melaye

The Federal High Court, Abuja, has suspended delivery of judgment in a suit seeking the sacking of Senate President Bukola Saraki and 55 other lawmakers.

Concise News understands that the suit was filed by an advocacy group, Legal Defence and Assistance Project, LEDAP.

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LEDAP dragged Saraki and the 55 other lawmakers to court seeking a declaration that they were no longer members of the National Assembly having defected to other political parties before the expiration of their tenure.

The group, in their suit filed on Sept. 14, 2018, prayed the court for an interpretation of Section 68(1)(g) of the 1999 Constitution.

This was with regards as to whether any member of the National Assembly who resigns from the political party that sponsored his election before the expiration of the term for which he was elected, automatically loses his seat in the assembly.

LEDAP in the suit, also prayed the presiding members of the National Assembly to declare vacant, the seats of the defectors.

The court, being satisfied that the processes were served on all parties but they chose to disrespect the court and stay away, allowed the plaintiff to argue his case and fixed April 11 for judgment.

When the matter was called on Thursday for judgement, counsel to Saraki and the other lawmakers, Mr Mahmud Magaji, SAN, urged the court to tarry in delivering judgment to hear from the defence team in order to deliver a better informed judgment.

Some of the other lawmakers involved as defendants are; senators Godswill Akpabio, Dino Melaye, Rabiu Kwankwaso, Lanre Tejuosho, Shaba Lafiaji, Barnabas Gemade, Abdulaziz Nyako among other senators and members of the House of Representatives.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) and the Attorney-General of the Federation are also defendants in the matter.