The People’s Democratic Party PDP, has asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to sack ex-Speaker, Yakubu Dogara (representing Dass, Tafawa Balewa and Bogoro Federal Constituency of Bauchi State) on account of his defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Dogara, the immediate past Speaker of the House of Representatives, defected from the APC to the PDP before the last general election and won a re-election to the House of Reps on the platform of the PDP.
According to court documents Dogara, on July 24 this year, abandoned the PDP for the APC when he submitted a resignation letter to the Chairman of the Bogoro ‘C’ Ward, in Bauchi State.
The PDP and its Bauchi State Chairman, Hamza Koshe Akuyam, listed as plaintiffs in the suit, are contending among others, that by virtue of Section 68(1) (g) of the Constitution, Dogara by defecting from the party that sponsored him to the ninth 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 House of Reps. Listed as defendants in the suit filed for the plaintiffs by their lawyer, Jibrin S. Jibrin, are Dogara, the Speaker of House of Reps, the Attorney General of the Federation, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the APC.