Akpabio didn’t decamp to APC, he moved because PDP expelled him, Court rules

A Federal High Court in Abuja has held that Senator Godswill Akpabio can retain his office as the senator representing Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District because he did not defect from the People’s Democratic Party to the ruling All Progressive Congress.

Justice Okon Abang 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.

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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.

However, Justice Abang held that “the senator never decamped nor defected from PDP to APC”.

He said the Akpabio has been able to prove that he joined the APC out of frustration having been expelled by PDP on Aug 2, 2018.

“The distinguished senator with the facts placed before the court only moved or joined APC out of frustration having been expelled by PDP on Aug 2, 2018.

“The third defendant having been expelled from PDP has a constitutional right to belong to any political party of his choice to represent the interest of his people who voted for him”.

The court also held that it was an abuse of court process to have joined the senator in the suit as there is a similar suit filed by the senator before a high court.

Consequently, the judge dismissed the case.

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