The former governor of Akwa Ibom state, Godswill Akpabio, has told a Federal High Court that he joined the All Progressives Congress (APC) after he was suspended and expelled by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Akpabio, a former minority leader of the Senate, reportedly explained this to court on Tuesday, May 14, through his counsel, Sunday Ameh.
Channels Television reports that Ameh said this in reaction to a suit seeking his removal and that of 53 other members of the National Assembly.
According to the counsel, the suit which is against the defection of Akpabio should be considered incompetent and dismissed.
The former governor, told Justice Okon Abang that an advocacy group, Legal Aides Assistant Project (LEDAP), had gone to court to without a locus standi.
He said LEDAP was not a political party or a member of the National Assembly adding that it could not be the organisation to champion the fight on behalf of political parties.
According to the report, the exhibits included a suspension letter from the PDP and later an expulsion from the party at the local government level while urging the court to accept that he did not willingly defect from the party.
Akpabio also prayed the court to allow him to respond to the suit that was filed LEDAP, which applied for the refund of salaries and allowances of lawmakers who defected after their election into the National Assembly.
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