Monday May 23, 2022 12:09 PM

Ex-Speaker Dogara in trouble as court sacks him from National Assembly

Trouble is looming for for the political destiny of Yakubu Dogara as a Federal High Court in Abuja has sacked former speaker of the House of Representatives, from the National Assembly.

The senior lawmaker currently represents Bogoro/Dass Federal Constituency of Bauchi in the green chamber of Nigeria’s parliament.

It should be noted that he was the number four most powerful man in the country between 2015 and 2019

The PDP, on whose platform, Dogara won his re-election to the House of Representatives in 2019, had filed a suit asking the court to declare his seat vacant on the grounds of his defection.

The suit was filed after a Federal High Court in Abuja sacked Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State and his deputy, Kelechi Igwe, on the account of their last year’s defection from the PDP to the APC.

The plaintiffs, through their counsel, Jubrin Jubrin, said by virtue of section 68(1)(g) of the Constitution, Dogara, by defecting from the party that sponsored him to the 9th National Assembly before the expiration of his tenure, ought to vacate the seat as he was no longer qualified to partake in the activities of the lower house.

Delivering judgment on Friday, Justice Donatus Okorowo, declared that having defected from PDP to APC, Dogara was no longer qualified to occupy the seat by virtue of Section 68(1)(g) of the constitution.

Justice Okorowo aligned with the argument of the PDP that by defecting from the party that sponsored him to the ninth National Assembly before the expiration of his tenure, Dogara ought to vacate the seat as he was no longer qualified to partake in the activities of the lower house.

The judge, who held that the action of the lawmaker is prohibited by law, agreed that the aim of Section 68(1)(g) was to check political prostitution among the legislators.

“The judgment is therefore given in favour of the plaintiffs I hereby granted the reliefs sought by the plaintiffs,” he declared.

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