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

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A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the sack of former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara for defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party to All Progressives Congress.

With the ruling, Dogara is expected to vacate his seat as a member representing Dass, Tafawa Balewa and Bogoro Federal Constituency of Bauchi State.

Delivering judgment, Justice Donatus Okorowo, declared that having defected from Peoples Democratic Party to All Progressives Congress, Dogara was no longer qualified to occupy the seat by virtue of Section 68(1)(g) of the constitution.

Justice Okorowo aligned with the argument of the PDP that by defecting from the party that sponsored him to the ninth National Assembly before the expiration of his tenure, Dogara ought to vacate the seat as he was no longer qualified to partake in the activities of the lower house.

The judge, who held that the action of the lawmaker is prohibited by law, agreed that the aim of Section 68(1)(g) was to check political prostitution among the legislators.



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