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Defection: Court Strikes Out Suit By 79 Lawmakers

The Abuja Division of the Court of AppealA Federal High Court in Abuja Friday  struck out the suit filed by 79 legislators seeking to stop the Peoples Democratic Party and the leadership of the National Assembly from declaring their seats vacant following their defection to the All Progressive Congress (APC).
In striking out the suit, the court said that the PDP could not give effect to its threat to declare the lawmakers’ seats vacant.
The court asked the affected law makers not to entertain any fears about the possibility of the party influencing the declaration of their seats vacant  in view of the pendency of two cases on the issue.
Justice Ahmed Mohammed held in a judgment Friday that the PDP and its Chairman, having filed two separate suits, seeking that the seats of the law makers be declared vacant,  could no longer proceed with their threat to ensure that the legislators’ seats were declared vacant while the cases were still pending.

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