Defection: Court fixes February 14 to hear PDP’s motion

PDP is trying to prevent a change in leadership of the House.

A judge of the Federal High Court, Abuja, Adeniyi Ademola, on Monday fixed February 14 for hearing of the suit brought by the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, against some members of the House of Representatives.

Mr. Ademola fixed the date to hear the PDP’s originating summons filed by the party’s counsel, Yunus Usman, who is billed to argue his motion that day.

The PDP had, via an originating summon, brought the suit seeking to stop any leadership change in the House of Representatives.

The party had prayed the court to grant an interlocutory injunction restraining all defendants in the suit to maintain the status quo until the final determination of the substantive suit. The party’s action was in reaction to the defection of 37 House members to the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC.

At the resumed hearing of the case on Monday, Mahmoud Magaji, Sebastian Hon, Jibrin Okutepa, and James Ocholi, all counsel to the defendants, urged the court to dismiss the motion for lack of locus standi.

They described the motion as an abuse of court process by the party, having entered appearance in a similar matter against defection in another Federal High Court, Abuja.

Mr. Hon specifically said the issue of leadership of the House of Representatives was an internal affair of the House as provided for by Section 66 (b) of the 1999 Constitution and should not be meddled into by the PDP.

Mr. Ademola, after hearing all the submissions of the counsel, adjourned the suit to enable the PDP counsel argue the party’s originating motion.


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