In an application filed on February 19, 2015, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Waziri Tambuwal yesterday, has asked a Federal Court, in Abuja, to dismiss the suit seeking to compel him to declare Kebbe/Tambuwal Federal Constituency seat vacant. Tambuwal is the occupant of the seat, but the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), under whose ticket he won the seat, in 2011, wants him to vacate it since he had decamped to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).
The trial judge, Justice Ahmed Ramat Mohammed, adjourned further hearing of the suit till March 3, 2015, to enable the parties respond to Tambuwal’s application, as well as the joinder application.
In the substantive suit, the PDP, through its counsel, Chief Mike Ahamba (SAN), said Tambuwal had lost his seat by reason of his defection, according to the provisions of Section 68 of the 1999 Constitution. It urged the court to order Tambuwal to give effect to the provisions of Section 68(1) (g) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), to declare his seat in the House of Representatives vacant.
The PDP also prayed the court for an alternative order directing the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives (Hon. Emeka Ihedioha) to declare the Kebbe/ Tambuwal seat vacant by an order of mandamus.