I Did Not Decamp To APC!!! – Godswill Akpabio Shakes The Entire Nation, Today

By Post-Nigeria: May 14, 2019 14:40

I Did Not Decamp To APC!!! – Godswill Akpabio Shakes The Entire Nation, Today

The past Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, has asked a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, to suspend its judgement on an application seeking to vacate seats of 54 Federal Lawmakers, who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Akpabio also prayed the court to allow him to respond to the suit that was filed by an advocacy group, under the aegis of Legal Defence and Assistance Project, LEDAP, which has applied for the refund of salaries and allowances of Lawmakers, who defected after their election into the National Assembly.

In a swift move, the Senator, a few days to the judgement date for the suit, filed an application insisting that he was not consulted before any Lawyer was appointed to appear for the matter.

The Senator said that he was not informed by the Clerk of the National Assembly, or even personally served with the said suit.

Informing the court that he only read about the case in the Newspapers, Akpabio said that the suit was not a class action, and he was at liberty to use a Counsel of his choice, and to personally defend himself.

In his response, the Judge over the matter, Justice Okon Abang, stated that he is minded to accede to Akpabio’s request.

Justice Abang noting that his decision was based on the provisions of section 36 of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, maintained that since the matter was not a class action, Akpabio’s right to fair hearing will be affected, if the matter was decided without his input.

Furthermore, Akpabio argued that he never defected from the PDP to APC.

The Senator said: “I never decamped to the APC, I only moved into the APC, after the PDP was flooded.”

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