An Abuja High Court in Bwari has restrained Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki from declaring the seat of former minority leader of the Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio vacant.
Justice Othman Musa on Wednesday also ordered Saraki not to impede Senator Akpabio’s access to the Senate building or take any action aimed at “overreaching his privileges and rights as a Senator pending the determination of the originating Summons of the applicant.”
Senator Akpabio (representing Akwa- Ibom North West) had two weeks ago resigned his post as the Senate Minority Leader and defected from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Justice Musa also ordered service of the originating Summons and other court processes on Saraki through either the Clerk of the National Assembly, Clerk of the Senate or any other Clerk or reasonable staff of the National Assembly at the assembly complex.
The court granted the restraining orders after listening to an ex-parte application by Akpabio’s lawyers, Chikaosolu Ojukwu and Ebere Ahanonu.
The lawyers had argued the application, asking the court to stop the moves by Saraki to declare Akpabio’s seat vacant, following his defection from the opposition PDP to the APC.
The suit has been adjourned to August 29 for further hearing.