Former Speaker, House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara is not a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the party claimed in a counter-affidavit it filed in opposition to a suit by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Dogara was elected to the House of Representatives in 2019 under PDP, but reportedly defected to the APC last year.
The APC Head of Legal Department, Dare Oketade in the counter-affidavit, denied that Dogara has defected from the PDP, adding that after checking the APC membership register, he did not locate Dogara’s name
“In fact the 5th defendant (the APC) has not received an application for membership from the 1st defendant (Dogara) or any other person acting under the instruction of the 1st defendant; neither the 5th defendant has issued any membership card to the 1st defendant,” Oketade said in the counter-affidavit.
Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja who is hearing the case on Monday granted the plaintiffs’ application for an abridgment of time within which the case could be heard; and fixed February 4 for hearing.