PDP cant declare defected Lawmakers’ seat vacant —Court


Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday held that the Peoples Democratic Party cannot declare vacant the seats of 79 National Assembly members who defected to other parties.

The court asked the affected lawmakers not to entertain any fears about the possibility of the party influencing the declaration of their seats vacant in view of the pendency of two cases it filed on the issue.

Justice Ahmed Mohammed held in a judgment that the PDP and its chairman, having filed two separate suits seeking to declare the lawmakers’ seats vacant, could no longer proceed with their threat to ensure that the legislators’ seats were declared vacant while the cases were still pending.

His judgment was on the suit by the 79
legislators who sued the PDP and leaders of the National Assembly over the threat by the party to declare their seats vacant.

The lawmakers included 22 senators and 57 members the House of Representatives.



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