Senate President Bukola Saraki, his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, and others on Monday were absent at the scheduled hearing in a suit seeking their removal from office on the grounds of alleged forgery of the Senate Standing Orders 2015.
The said Senate Standing Orders 2015 was used for the conduct of their elections shortly after the proclamation of the 8th Senate on June 9.
The suit, which is before the Federal High Court in Abuja, was filed by five senators who supported Senator Ahmed Lawan for the position of the Senate President against Saraki, who eventually won the election.
The plaintiffs in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/651/2015, are Senators Abu Ibrahim, Kabir Marafa, Ajayi Boniface, Olugbenga Ashafa and Suleiman Hunkuyi.
The six defendants to the suit are Saraki, Ekweremadu, the National Assembly and the Clerks of both the National Assembly and the Senate.
None of the defendants was represented by their lawyers when the matter came up on Monday before Justice Adeniyi Ademola whom the case was re-assigned to after he took over from Justice Gabriel Kolawole as the vacation judge of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court.
Justice Ademola noted, while delivering a ruling during on Monday’s proceedings, that the choice of Monday for the hearing of the plaintiffs’ motion on notice seeking an order restraining the Senate from going ahead to constitute its standing and ad hoc committees, was with the consent of lawyers to the parties to the suit.
However, the plaintiffs’ counsel, Chief Mamman Osuman (SAN), withdrew the motion on notice during the proceedings, saying the essence of the application had been overtaken by event with some of the committees already constituted.
Justice Ademola, while striking out the motion on notice in a short ruling, noted that the application contained the same set of prayers that were in the plaintiffs’ ex parte application, which was earlier dismissed by Justice Kolawole.
The plaintiffs had anchored their suit on the use of alleged illegitimate and unconstitutional Senate Standing Orders 2015 to conduct the election of the current leadership of the Senate on June 9.