Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered Senate President Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of Home of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara to reply to go well with challenging their defection from the All Progressives Congress, All Progressive Congress, to the Peoples Democratic Party, People\'s Democratic Party, in 5 days, naija news live reports.
Justice Okon Abang on Friday also directed 18 senators, 36 House of Representatives members, the Legal professional General of the Federation, INEC, Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu and Deputy Speaker Yusuf Lasun to file and serve others their papers earlier than April 18, when the go well with is set for hearing.
Justice Abang, nevertheless, dominated that counsel to the Senators Mahmud Magaji (SAN) wouldn’t be allowed to file any defence to the matter earlier than the court.
The decide held that since he solely filed an utility for conditional look in the matter, with out in search of go away of courtroom to file a response out of time, the courtroom can not grant what was not requested it beneath Order 26 Rule 1 of the Federal Excessive Courtroom Guidelines, including that the courtroom shouldn’t be a Father Christmas.
“The court of regulation can not grant a party any relief not sought, I so hold. What the 2nd to 18th and 57th defendants counsel looked for is just for a memorandum of conditional look, no extra, no less, I so maintain,” he mentioned.
LEDAP filed the suit in September 2018 seeking an interpretation of Section 68(1)(g) of the 1999 Structure.
Recall the suit against the federal lawmakers who defected from their respective political events was set for judgment on yesterday when the lawmakers appeared in courtroom in search of to be granted honest hearing in the matter.
Senators Saraki, Godswill Akpabio, Musa Kwankwaso, Shaaba Lafiagi, and Rep Dogara amongst others defected to different political events in the build-up to the 2019 basic elections.
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