The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bauchi State chapter has asked the Court to declare the seat of Yakubu Dogara, the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, vacant.
Yakubu Dogara, who represents Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa Balewa Federal, has a long history of carpet crossing. In July, he decamped from the Peoples Democratic Party back to his former party, the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The party (PDP) in the suit asks the Court to direct the Speaker of the House to declare Yakubu Dogara’s seat vacant in line with section 68 of the 1999 Constitution.
Yakubu Dogara in July cited bad governance by the Governor of Bauchi State as the reason for his decisions to leave the Peoples Democratic Party.
In a supporting affidavit, Mr. Hamza Akuyam, the Bauchi State PDP Chairman, said there is no crisis within the PDP, hence the reason for the Court to declare Dogara’s seat vacant.
The Affidavit said Yakubu Dogara “has lost his seat/office as a member of the House of Representatives and is no longer entitled to participate in the legislative proceedings and other businesses of the National Assembly and entitled to salaries and allowances as a member of the National Assembly.”
Listed as defendants in the suit are Yakubu Dogara, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Speaker of House, the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), and the APC.
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