- Godswill Akpabio says he was suspended from the PDP and later expelled from the party at the local government level
- Akpabio tells the court, through his counsel, that the suit against him by LEDAP is incompetent and should be dismissed
- The former governor tenders evidence to show that he was, indeed, suspended by his former party
The former governor of Akwa Ibom state, Godswill Akpabio, has told a Federal High Court that he joined the All Progressives Congress (APC) after he was suspended and expelled by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Akpabio, a former minority leader of the Senate, reportedly explained this to court on Tuesday, May 14, through his counsel, Sunday Ameh.
Channels Television reports that Ameh said this in reaction to a suit seeking his removal and that of 53 other members of the National Assembly.
According to the counsel, the suit which is against the defection of Akpabio should be considered incompetent and dismissed.
Akpabio told Justice Okon Abang that an advocacy group, Legal Aides Assistant Project (LEDAP), had gone to court without a locus standi.
The former governor said LEDAP was not a political party or a member of the National Assembly adding that it could not be the organisation to champion the fight on behalf of political parties.
The senator reportedly relied on section 40 of the 1999 constitution, to insist that he moved from the PDP to the APC as an alternative party to actualise his political goal.
Ameh tendered two exhibits before Justice Abang.
According to the report, the exhibits included a suspension letter from the PDP and later an expulsion from the party at the local government level while urging the court to accept that he did not willingly defect from the party.
It was learnt that the counsel to the LEDAP, Jibrin Okutepa, made his own submission before the court after which Justice Abang adjourned till May 17, on condition of availability of judicial time to rule on the matter.
Legit.ng had reported that on Monday, May 13, Godswill Akpabio asked a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to suspend its judgement on an application seeking to vacate seats of 54 federal lawamkers who defected from the PDP to the APC.
Akpabio also prayed the court to allow him to respond to the suit that was filed LEDAP, which applied for the refund of salaries and allowances of lawmakers who defected after their election into the National Assembly.
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