December 9, 2014

Ekiti APC can ask defected colleagues to vacate seats —Court

ABUJA—The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, has granted the prayers of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ekiti State to serve the six APC members who defected to the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, the originating motion and motion on notice seeking the defected members to vacate their seats having defected from the party under which platform they were elected.

According to a statement by the Special Adviser on Media to the Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assemble, Wole Olujobi, APC had taken the defected members to court asking them to vacate their seats having defected to other political party without reasons precedent to that action, to wit: division in the party; as stipulated in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The defendants in the suit are the defected members: Israel Olowo, Alex Ade Ojo, Dele Joseph Olugbemi, Ayoka Fatunmbi, Adeyinka Adeloye and Abeni Modupe Olayinka. Others are the PDP and Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

They defected to PDP on October 16, 2014 at the inauguration ceremony of Governor Ayodele Fayose.

In suit No FHC/ABJ/CS/903/2014 before Justice A.F.A Ademola of the Federal High Court and filed by Mrs K. Uzoanya, a counsel in Tunji Abayomi law firm, the plaintiff asked the court to issue and serve the originating summons and motion on notice on the defendants through themselves, by courier services or the Clerk of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Ado-Ekiti.

The applicant also sought for further order(s) as the court may deem fit to make in the circumstance of the case.

After hearing APC counsel, Justice Ademola granted the reliefs directing that the originating summons and motion on notice be served on the defendants directly or through courier services or through the Clerk of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Ado-Ekiti, being the only known address of the defendants.

The judge fixed December 16, 2014 as the return date for the case.