PDP Chieftains Lose Bid to Stop Akpabio from Clinching Senate’s Minority Post

Godswill Akpabio

Godswill Akpabio

Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court, Abuja has refused an ex-parte application to restrain the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki and 17 others from departing from the Senate’s standing rules governing the appointment of Minority Leader for the 8th National Assembly.

The plaintiffs – two members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) – through their lawyer, Mr Bankole Akomolafe had argued that the alleged plot by some individuals to make former Akwa Ibom State governor, Godwill Akpabio (a first term Senator) the Senate’s Minority leader, was in violation of Order 3(2) of the Senate Standing Order 2015 (as amended)

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Alaye Don Pedro (Ward 8 Akuku-Toru Local Government Area, Rivers State) and Okechukwu Ibeh of Umukegwu/Umuopia in Ide Ato Local Government Area, Imo State – had, in an ex-parte motion sought to restrain Saraki and 17 members of the PDP South -South Senate Caucus from choosing the minority leader outside the provision of Order 3(2) of the Senate Standing Order 2015 (as amended).

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