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Senate forgery suit to start afresh, as CJ re-assigns case
The suit filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja by five members of the All Progressives Congress‎ seeking the removal of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki‎, and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, has been withdrawn from Justice Adeniyi Ademola and re-assigned to Justice Evoh Chukwu.
‎It was learnt Tuesday night that the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta, re-assigned the case following an application by Ekweremadu seeking the withdrawal of the case from Justice Ademola.
Ekweremadu filed his application some days after Justice Ademola had heard the suit on December 14, 2015 and reserved for judgment.
‎The plaintiffs in the suit with reference number FHC/ABJ/CS/651/2015, are senators Abu Ibrahim, Kabir Marafa, Ajayi Boroffice, Olugbenga Ashafa and Suleiman Hunkuyi.
They are seeking the removal of both Saraki and Ekweremadu on the grounds that their elections on June 9, 2015, shortly after the proclamation of the 8th Senate‎, were conducted using a forged version of the Senate Standing Orders.
Ekweremadu is the second defendant in the suit.
The other defendants are Saraki, the National Assembly, and two clerks of the National Assembly.
While Saraki is of the APC like the plaintiffs, Ekweremadu is of the Peoples Democratic Party.
The Deputy Senate President, in his application dated December 17, 2015, asking for the re-assignment of the case, alleged that Justice Ademola was bias in the handling of the case due to his alleged closeness to the National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
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