COURT STRIKES OUT SUIT SEEKING SACK OF SARAKI, DOGARA, 52 OTHERS
The Federal High Court has declined to sack President of the Senate Bukola Saraki and 52 other lawmakers for defecting to other political parties before the expiration pf their tenure.
In his judgement Justice Abang Okon held that the advocacy group, Legal Defence and Assistance Project, lacked the locus standi to institute the action when it failed to show that it has suffered any special damage or injury as a result of the defections.
Justice Abang also noted that although the lawmakers defected, the political parties that sponsored the lawmakers to the National Assembly ought to have instituted the action. Furthermore, the trial judge held that despite the noble intention of the plaintiff, his court was absent the jurisdiction to determine the merit of the claims in this case.
The court thereby struck out the suit in its entirety for lacking in merit without making any order as to cost.
The Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP)according to Justice Abang is a registered corporate body under the Company and Allied Matters Act but it lacks the right to sue on behalf of the public.