The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is asking the Federal High Court in Abuja to sack a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara for defecting to the All Progressives Congress APC while still bearing the mandate of the party.
At the resumed hearing of the suit, the lawyer to the plaintiffs, Jibril Jibril urged the court to abridge the time for the hearing of the suit owing to the fact that Mr. Dogara is already enjoying legislative privileges as a member of the House of Representatives.
In granting the application, Justice Okon Abang, therefore, fixed the fourth of February, 2021 for hearing.
Mister Dogara, representing Dass, Tafawa Balewa, and Bogoro Federal Constituency of Bauchi State, defected from the APC to the PDP before the last general election and won re-election to the house on the platform of the PDP.
The PDP and its Bauchi state chairman, Hamza Koshe Akuyam, listed as plaintiffs in the suit, are contending, among others, that by virtue of section 68(1)(g) of the constitution, Mr. Dogara ought to vacate the seat for defecting from the party that sponsored him to the ninth National Assembly before the expiration of his tenure.
Listed as defendants in the suit are Mister Yakubu Dogara, the House of Representatives Speaker, the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and the APC.