- Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has been sacked from the Green Chamber
- A Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday, April 22, ruled that Dogara's defection from the PDP to the APC was wrong and declared his seat vacant
- Dogara had dumped the PDP for the ruling APC after winning his re-election under the opposition party in 2019
FCT, Abuja - A Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday, April 22, sacked Yakubu Dogara from the House of Representatives and declared his seat vacant.
Dogara, who represents Bogoro/Dass Federal constituency of Bauchi state, was the Speaker of the House of Representatives between 2015 and 2019.
The presiding judge, D.U. Okorowo, ruled that Dogara’s defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) was wrong and meant he should vacate the legislative seat, Premium Times reported.
Dogara defected to the APC after winning his re-election under the PDP in 2019
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His frosty relationship with his state governor, Bala Mohammed, was one of the main reasons he ditched the PDP which he joined less than five years ago.
Court sacks 20 lawmakers from Cross River state for defecting to APC
In a related development, a Federal High Court in Abuja recently sacked 20 members of the Cross River State House of Assembly, including the Speaker, Eteng Williams.
The PDP had instituted a suit against the lawmakers over their defection to the APC.
The judge, Taiwo Taiwo, while delivering judgement on the suit instituted by the PDP to challenge the lawmakers’ defection, dismissed all the preliminary objections raised by the sacked lawmakers.
Buhari’s senator dumps APC, defects to PDP in Katsina, gives reason
In another report, Ahmed Babba Kaita, the senator representing Katsina North senatorial district, the senatorial zone of President Muhammadu Buhari, has dumped the APC for the PDP.
Babba-Kaita officially announced his defection to the PDP on Wednesday, April 20.
The defection brought an end to speculations on local radio stations in Katsina and on social media that the senator would be leaving the APC ahead of the 2023 general elections.