The bickering going on in the House of Representatives seems to have no end in sight, as the Speaker Mr Yakubu Dogara has been issued Court Processes to appear in a suit initiated by a select group of disgruntled members of the House.
The suit was filled at the Federal High Court, Abuja with suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/625/2015. The Deputy Speaker, Mr. Yusuf Lasun and the Clerk of the House, Mr. Mohammed Sani-Omolori were also joined as co-defendants.
The Plaintiffs Mr. Abubakar Lado-Abdullahi, from Niger State and Mr. Olajide Abdul-Jimoh, from Lagos State, are praying the court to restrain the defendants from stopping the announcement of the names of principal officers recommended by the leadership of the APC.
In their prayers, the members argued, “it is an indisputable fact that the positions in question are party positions; that is, principal offices of the APC, albeit that they concomitantly are also principal positions within the House of Representatives.
“Consequently, the 1st and 2nd Defendants (Speaker and Deputy Speaker) shall, in accordance with Article 9.2 of APC Constitution, which states , ‘members of the party shall be obligated to affirm the party’s aims and objectives’, implement the party’s aims as contained in the party’s nomination letter.”
The court process was reportedly served on Mr Dogara and the co-defendants on July 16.
Specifically, the plaintiffs urged the court to determine whether Section 14 of the 1999 Constitution, dealing with the Principle of Federal Character, was applicable to the sharing of principal offices in the National Assembly.
The House which was scheduled to resume on Tuesday following a forced break in proceedings after fights brought out at the Lower Chamber on June 25th is yet to do so.