A Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja on Monday ordered all 37 lawmakers that defected from the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party(PDP) to the All Progressive Congress(APC) to resign their seats at the House of Representative for defecting to the APC.
Justice Adeniyi Ademola, held that the lawmakers no longer had any business, morally and legally in the assembly and that they should honourably resign from their seats as members of the House of Representatives, having moved to another political party while their tenure was yet to expire.
“Having perused the arguments of counsel and the constitutional provisions, it is clear and unambiguous that the defendants were sponsored by the PDP and won the election on its platform. It is also the court’s opinion that their tenure has not expired and there is no division in the PDP.
“The defendants are, therefore, not competent to vote or contribute to any proceedings in the House of Representatives. An order of perpetual injunction is, hereby, ordered, restraining them from altering or attempting to change the leadership of the House of Reps,’’ Ademola said.
This is taking place just as another court last week declared that only the leadership of the National Assembly is constitutionally empowered to declare seats of defecting lawmakers vacant.