Defection: PDP Suspended And Expelled Me, Akpabio Tells Court

Defection: PDP Suspended And Expelled Me, Akpabio Tells Court
A file photo of Senator Godswill Akpabio.

 

The former Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, has told a Federal High Court in Abuja that he was suspended and expelled by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Senator Akpabio, through his counsel, Mr Sunday Ameh, said this on Tuesday in reaction to a suit seeking his removal and that of 53 other members of the National Assembly.

He described the suit which was filed on account of the lawmakers’ defection in 2018 as incompetent.

The lawmaker informed Justice Okon Abang that an advocacy group, Legal Aides Assistant Project (LEDAP), instituted the case without a locus standi, adding that it should be dismissed by the court.

He insisted that LEDAP was not a political party or a member of the National Assembly and as such, it cannot cry for the political parties where the lawmakers decamped from.

Relying on Section 40 of the 1999 Constitution, he justified his movement through what he referred to as ‘an uncommon’ situation within (PDP), which compelled him to opt to the All Progressives Congress (APC) as an alternative party to actualise his political interest.

Senator Akpabio’s counsel tendered two exhibits before Justice Abang which include a suspension letter from the PDP and later an expulsion from the party at the local government level.

He, therefore, urged the court to accept the peculiar fact that he did not willingly leave the PDP which sponsored his senatorial election in 2015.

The lawmaker insisted that his defection to the APC was as a result of the action of the PDP against him.

Counsel to the plaintiff, Mr Jibrin Okutepa, also made his case before the court.

After listening to both the parties, Justice Abang adjourned till May 17 on condition of availability of judicial time to rule on the matter

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Updated: May 15, 2019 — 6:49 am

78 Comments

  1. Our politicians with greed personal benefit not having the masses at hand, who suspend you from the party after you suspended your self because of personal interest

  2. All these defecting, they just seek personal gain and not in honesty. All of then are the same. APC and PDP are almost the same thing.

  3. senator Akpabio was actually suspended and expelled at the local government level then,he should not be blamed for his defection.
    And the truth lies in the fact that he wanted greener grass.

  4. It’s high time we reviewed our Constitution regarding political tree jumping like monkey.

  5. He described the suit which was filed on account of the lawmakers’ defection in 2018 as incompetent.

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  7. He insisted that LEDAP was not a political party or a member of the National Assembly and as such,and that it cannot cry for the political parties where the lawmakers decamped from.

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  9. LEDAP was not a political party or a member of the National Assembly and as such, it cannot cry for the political parties where the lawmakers decamped from.

  10. am pretty sure there is a tangible reason why the people’s democractic party did, seems there’s more to this

  11. The former Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, has told a Federal High Court in Abuja that he was suspended and expelled by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

    Senator Akpabio, through his counsel, Mr Sunday Ameh, said this on Tuesday in reaction to a suit seeking his removal and that of 53 other members of the National Assembly.

    He described the suit which was filed on account of the lawmakers’ defection in 2018 as incompetent.Politicians and their tricks. Akpabio should have known that his former party would make his leaving the party difficult as this would serve as a deterrent to others that may contemplate this in the future

  12. The lawmaker insisted that his defection to the APC was as a result of the action of the PDP against him.

  13. Thanks for always updating us on the news on what’s happening in the world. It is very important to know what’s going on because so many people may be afflicted by the actions of not knowing what is happening in the world

  14. Senator Akpabio’s counsel tendered two exhibits before Justice Abang which include a suspension letter from the PDP and later an expulsion from the party at the local government level.

  15. You are not the first they will suspend and neither will u be the last. Godswill Akpabio with all his plenty drama

  16. He insisted that LEDAP was not a political party or a member of the National Assembly and as such, it cannot cry for the political parties where the lawmakers decamped from.

  17. PDP should leave akpabio alone and think of the offense against Nigeria they have done.

  18. The lawmaker informed Justice Okon Abang that an advocacy group, Legal Aides Assistant Project (LEDAP), instituted the case without a locus standi, adding that it should be dismissed by the court.

  19. People Democratic Party dismissed governor akpabio from court you are very lucky sir Congrats to you sir excel

  20. The former Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, has told a Federal High Court in Abuja that he was suspended and expelled by the Peoples Democratic Party

  21. The former Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, has told a Federal High Court in Abuja that he was suspended and expelled by the Peoples Democratic Party …After listening to both the parties, Justice Abang adjourned till May 17 on condition of availability of judicial time to rule on the matter…. Gbam

  22. They dismissed him and 52members also and the party still charge him to court all in the name of changing party

  23. That is just the beginning. When someone defects from one party to another, the consequences are as clear as.

  24. Politics is a game of minds. The courts hears arguments and base judgement on facts not reasoning. If Akpabio has letters of suspension from PDP dating before his defection, he has a valid argument.

  25. I think PDP has no right to suspend or expell Apabio in the first instance. They should know that they can’t eat their cqkw and have it at the same time.

  26. Akpabio is always in one uncommon situation or the other. First, he was an uncommon governor, who brought uncommon development to an uncommon state. Now he is under uncommon trial brought on by uncommon circumstances.

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