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APC to contest Judge's ruling on defections

02 April 2014, 08:34Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The All Progressives Congress (APC) said it would challenge an order by Justice Adeniyi Ademola that 37 members of the House of Representatives who defected to the opposition party to vacate their seats.

The party argued the ruling was unconstitutional and defeats the very purpose for which the members were elected into the House.

It said Justice Ademola's “unsolicited” comments were clearly “gregarious, unnecessary, superfluous and has no foundation in law or fact hence should be ignored.”

“If this case had been issued a day later than Monday, we would have said the Judge was caught in the web of April Fools! Alas, he indeed made the ruling on Monday, hence the need for us to take it very seriously for several reasons.

"Firstly, the question whether the House of Representatives members should vacate their seats was not a question before Justice Ademola for determination.

"The only question for him to determine was whether the APC members, with their numerical strength at that time, had the right to change the House leadership such as the Majority Leader, Chief Whip and their deputies. So Justice Ademola had no business commenting on seats being vacated,” APC Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated.

“Secondly, it is highly unprofessional and unethical for one Judge to delve into a matter that is sub judice in another court. A Judge should not make comments on matters being litigated in another court.

"The question of seats being vacated or otherwise is being heard by Justice Ahmed Mohammed in the Federal High Court in Abuja who, on 29 March 2014, said the issue was still live before him and is not ripe for Judgment,” Mohammed added.

The opposition party asked the Chief Justice of Nigeria to act urgently to sanction Justice Ademola for allegedly engaging in mischief that could bring the bench into disrepute.

– CAJ News

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