Justice Gabriel Kolawole, the trial judge handling the suit filed before the Federal High Court, Abuja, by some senators seeking to annul the June 9 election of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday hands-off the case for his colleague, Justice Adeniyi Ademola to take charge.
Justice Kolawole transferred the case to Justice Ademola on the ground that he would not have sufficient time to hear the matter as his tenure as a vacation judge would end on Friday and Ademola would replace him on Monday.
He, therefore, directed counsel to the plaintiffs to serve fresh hearing notices on all respondents and adjourned case to August 13, 2015 for the new judge to hear and determine.
It would be recalled that five APC Senators: Abu Ibrahim, Kabiru Marafa, Ajayi Boroffice, Gbenga Ashafa, and Suleiman Hunyuki had approached the court seeking to nullify the election of Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, on the ground of alleged forgery of the Senate Standing Order, to pave way for their emergence.
They argued in the originating summons that the Senate Standing Orders 2015 upon which Saraki and Ikweremadu were elected was “invalid, illegal, unconstitutional and should, therefore, be set aside.’’
According to the aggrieved senators, the election of the duo contravenes the provision of Section 60 of the 1999 Constitution [as amended] and Rule 110 of the Senate Standing Orders 2015 [as amended].
The plaintiffs, therefore, urged the court to declare the election of Saraki and Ekweremadu as President and Deputy Senate President a nullity.