The Federal High Court (FHC) sitting in Abuja, has reserved judgment in the suit seeking to remove the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu from office on the grounds that the Senate Standing Orders 2015, that produced them, was forged.
When the matter came up monday, parties in the matter adopted their written addresses, after which the trial judge, Justice Ademola Adeniyi, adjourned indefinitely for judgment, saying that the date for the judgment would be communicated to parties in the matter.
The plaintiffs, Senators Abu Ibrahim, Kabir Marafa, Ajayi Boroffice, Olugbenga and Suleiman Hunkuni, in their suit, had prayed the court to set aside the purported election of Saraki and Ekweremadu and to also set aside the Senate Standing Order 2015 as amended.
The plaintiffs, through their counsel, Chief Mamman Osuman (SAN), urged the court to expunge the submissions of the defendants, seeking the dismissal of the suit for lacking in merit.
Osuman told the court that the exhibits placed before the court by the plaintiffs, which include the votes and proceedings of the Senate are deemed to be properly before the court.
They also prayed the court, to among other things to make an order directing, the eighth Senate to elect it’s Presiding officers in accordance with the provisions of Section 54(1) of the constitution and Rules 3(3) of the Senate Standing Order 2011, as amended.
Joined as defendants in the suit along with Saraki are: Ekweremadu, the Clerk of the National Assembly, the Clerk of the Senate, the Senate and the National Assembly.
They also want the court to hold that the declaration of Saraki and Ekweremadu as President and Deputy Senate President respectively, pursuant to the Senate standing order 2015 and contrary to the provisions of Rules 3(3) of the senate standing order is wrongful, invalid, illegal, unconstitutional, null and void.