Akpabio Is Free To Join Any Political Party, Says Court

Akpabio's Is Free To Join Any Political Party, Says Court
A file photo of Senator Godswill Akpabio.

 

Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja says former Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, can move from one party to another.

He stated this on Friday while ruling on a case seeking the removal of Senator Akpabio and 53 other members of the National Assembly who defected from one political party to another in 2018.

An advocacy group, Legal Aides Assistant Project (LEDAP), had instituted the case against the lawmakers and asked the court to declare their seats vacant, noting that there was no division in their parties as claimed.

But Senator Akpabio told the court that he joined the All Progressives Congress (APC) was because he was expelled from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

In his ruling, Justice Abang agreed with the lawmaker that he neither decamped nor defected to the APC with the facts placed before the court.

According to him, Senator Akpabio only moved or joined the ruling party on August 3, 2018, and this is based on his freedom of association as envisaged by the law.

The judge said having been expelled by the PDP, the defendant has the constitutional right to join any political party of his choice.

He added that the fact that he was expelled from the opposition party showed there was no division in APC, stating that the plaintiff ought not to have joined him in the suit for his seat to be declared vacant.

Beyond this, Justice Abang stated the matter was sub judice because there was a case concerning Senator Akpabio before a court.

He noted that joining him in the suit amounted to an abuse of court process and as such, the claim as affects him ought to be dismissed.

The judge said at the time the lawmaker joined APC, he was no longer a member of a political party having been expelled by the PDP and was entitled to joining any party without losing his seat.

He said that he agreed with Senator Akapbio that the violation of the law was in good fate, adding that declaring his seat vacant amounted to punishing him for exercising his right to association.

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Updated: May 18, 2019 — 8:55 am

14 Comments

  1. Abang agreed with the lawmaker that he neither decamped nor defected to the APC with the facts placed before the court.

  2. Compare this judgement with the other that says 52 law maker defect to other party is unlawful akapio is not among ???????

  3. I thought everyone is free to join any political party of his choice when ever he wants to

  4. The issue of Senator Godwin Akpabio’s defection from PDP to APC has generated a lot of arguments as to the constitutional appropriate of the action. But now the Court has made a pronouncement, I think the gladiators should hold their peace.

  5. The judge said at the time the lawmaker joined APC, he was no longer a member of a political party having been expelled by the PDP

  6. But Senator Akpabio told the court that he joined the All Progressives Congress (APC) was because he was expelled from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

  7. They should let Senator Akpabio be, all I know is that Akpabio has lost relevance in South South, so weather the court removed Akpabio or not, he is ko longer important to the people of Akwa ibom state

  8. Hon. Justice Okon Abang was yesterday held that former Minority Leader Senator Godswill Akpabio was not defected from the People’s Democratic Party, He was expelled from the party and he is free join any political party of his choice

  9. Thanks you paidnews for updating me news that is going on around me and thanks for paying me.

  10. As a citizen we have the right to join any political party of our choice..i strongly stand with the court decision

  11. He stated this on Friday while ruling on a case seeking the removal of Senator Akpabio and 53 other members of the National Assembly who defected from one political party to another in 2018.

  12. He noted that joining him in the suit amounted to an abuse of court process and as such, the claim as affects him ought to be dismissed.

  13. Freedom to join any party he wishes to join PDP can’t expel him and expect him to sit at home not working

  14. let him join whatsoever party he wants to join as long as it is not against any rules nd regulations

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