The Federal Capital Territory High Court, Maitama, yesterday reserved ruling in the suit brought by the people of Akwa Ibom North East Senatorial District praying it to sack the senate president Dr. Bukola Saraki over his continued disobedience to court order directing immediate swearing in of Mr. Bassey Etim to represent the senatorial district in the Senate.
Otobong Orok and Anekan Akpan are the plaintiffs on behalf of the constituents.
At the resumed proceedings yesterday, the plaintiffs through their lawyers Desire Wuyep and Omang Omang, told the court that they had every right to determine who should represent them in the Senate since they were legal constituents of the senatorial district.
They also submitted that a judgement of the court should be obeyed upon delivery; hence an appeal against a judgement does not operate as a stay of execution.
He said: “As we speak, there is no order for stay of execution of the judgement delivered by an Uyo High Court. In seeking clarification, the Judge asked Saraki’s Lawyer whether the Certificate of Return of Akpan has been withdrawn or not; this question which Saraki’s lawyer declined to answer, claiming that he is not aware, whether the Certificate was withdrawn or not.”
Earlier, counsel to the former Senator Akpan, Barrister Omang, had argued that the plaintiffs had no locus standi to challenge Saraki by instituting the suit.
He added that Etim’s Certificate of Return had been withdrawn by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court.
Opposing the claim, counsel to the plaintiffs accused Omani of speculation without showing the Order of court nullifying Etim’s Certificate of Return.
However, Justice Halilu after listening to all the submissions reserves judgement in the case.
The court was also asked to determine whether with the first defendant’s disregard to the order of a High Court of Uyo, he had not become unfit, incompetent and incapable of holding the office of Senate President.