Deputy Senate President Fails in Bid to Stop Judgment Against Him

A Fede‎ral High Court in Abuja, Wednesday, presided over by Justice Adeniyi Ademola has refused the move by the Deputy Senate President, Mr. Ike Ekweremadu, to stop‎ him (the Judge) from delivering his reserved judgment in a suit challenging the leadership election of the 8th Senate.
Justice Ademola declared on Wednesday that he would go ahead to deliver his judgment on a date which he would later communicate to the parties through their lawyers except if the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta, directed otherwise.
He said: “The court having adopted parties’ written addresses on December 14, 2015, the court will give it’s judgment on a date that will be communicated to parties through their counsel unless the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court directs otherwise.”
The elections which produced Dr. Bukola Saraki as the Senate President and Ekweremadu as his Deputy is being challenged by five Senators of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on the grounds that their (Saraki’s and Ekweremadu’s) elections on June 9, 2015, when the 8th Senate was proclaimed was conducted using forged version of the Senate Standing Orders.
The plaintiffs in the suit marked, FHC/ABJ/CS/651/2015, are Senators Abu Ibrahim, Kabir Marafa, Ajayi Boroffice, Olugbenga Ashafa and Suleiman Hunkuyi.
Ekweremadu is the second defendant in the suit.
The other defendants are Saraki, the National Assembly, the Clerks of the National Assembly and the Clerk of the Senate.
While Saraki is of the APC like the plaintiffs, Ekweremadu is of the Peoples Democratic Party.

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