Court sacks former House of Reps Speaker, Dogara for defecting to APC

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has sacked the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, from his seat as member representing Dass, Tafawa Balewa and Bogoro Federal Constituency in Bauchi State.

Other defendants in the suit include the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and the APC, as 1st to 4th defendants respectively.

In aligning with the argument put forward by the PDP, Justice Okorowo said Dogara ought to have vacated his seat having left the party that sponsored him to the ninth National Assembly prior to the expiration of his tenure.

The judge reiterated that the former Speaker was no longer qualified to partake in proceedings at the Lower House as his action was prohibited by Section 68(1)(g) whose aim was to curb political prostitution among lawmakers.

“The judgment is, therefore, given in favour of the plaintiffs I hereby grant the reliefs sought by the plaintiffs,” Okorowo declared.

Dogara joined APC on July 24, 2020, after he tendered his resignation letter from the PDP to the party’s Chairman of Bogoro ‘C’ Ward in Bauchi state.

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