Senate President, Bukola Sarakiand Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu were absent on Monday during the resumed hearing of a suit seeking their removal from office.
In furtherance to this, both men were not even represented during hearing.
Justice Ademola, the presiding judge noted that the choice of Monday as the hearing date was with the consent of lawyers to the parties to the suit.
The judge, following the decision by plaintiffs’ lawyer, Mamman Osuman (SAN) to withdraw his motion for interlocutory injunction, struck out the motion.
Justice Ademola agreed with Osuman that the motion, which sought to restrain the Senate leadership from constituting adhoc committees, has been overtaken by events, and that the prayers contained in the motion were similar to those contained in the plaintiffs’ ex-parte application which Justice Kolawole earlier refused to grant.
The judge, whose time as the vacation judge will end soon, said he will return the case file to the court’s Chief Judge for re-assignment at the end of the court’s vacation.
Recalled that following the emergence of Senator Bukola Saraki and Ike Ekweremadu as Senate President and Deputy respectively, against the wishes of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), Senators Abu Ibrahim, Kabir Marafa, Ajayi Boroffice, Olugbenga Ashafa and Suleiman Hunkuyi proceeded to court challenging their emergence.
It is their contention that the election of Saraki and Ekweremadu as President and Deputy President was invalid on the ground that the Senate Standing Orders 2015 used for the election was a forged document.
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