Federal High Court Sacks Senator Bassey Akpan As Lawmaker For Uyo Senatorial District

By Damilare Adeleye

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has declared the Uyo Senatorial district, currently occupied by Senator Bassey Akpan, vacant.

Senator Bassey Akpan was sacked as lawmaker representing the district in the Senate for defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the Young Progressives Party (YPP)

The Court in its ruling delivered by Justice Fadima Murtala Aminu on Friday also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a bye election to fill the vacant office.

The Judge further ruled that the Senator should refund to the National Assembly all the monies and entitlements received after July 2022, being the time he defected from PDP to YPP without any problem in the previous party.

Justice Aminu held that Senator Akpan, who was sponsored to the office of a Senator by the PDP, is no longer qualified to retain his seat in the Senate having resigned his membership of the PDP before the expiration of the period for which he was elected to represent the people of Akwa Ibom North-East Senatorial District.

Justice Aminu said, “in accordance with section 65(2) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, I hereby declare Senator Akpan’s seat vacant.”

The Nigerian Voice understands that Senator Albert Bassey Akpan is the gubernatorial candidate of Young Peoples Party, YPP, in the upcoming election in Akwa Ibom State.