He urged the court to dismiss the suit filed in 2018 by the Legal Defense and Assistant Project (LEDAP) seeking to declare the seat of Akpabio and 54 other national lawmakers vacant over their defection from one political party to the other in 2018.
The former Akwa Ibom leader noted that the PDP in his ward suspended him, after which he was expelled from the party at the local government level.
He spoke through his counsel, Sunday Ameh (SAN), and said the date of the two incidences, in exhibits A and B, was July and August 2019.
“When juxtaposed with the calendar for the primary elections as issued by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the intention of the PDP then, was to render him fait accompli and to deny him a platform to contest the election, as his nomination must come from the ward up,” Ameh told the court.
According to the senior counsel, Akpabio, who is the 3rd defendant in the suit filed by LEDAP was thrown out of the PDP at a very important moment – close to the 2019 election.
“In order not to fall prey of the gang-up, calculated at turning him into political orphan and preventing him from participating in the 2019 general.
“He has to take advantage of his constitutional right under Section 40 of the constitution to join the APC that was willing to accept him after his party has thrown him out.”