Court stops Reps from probing PDP caucus leaders

 The Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday ordered the House of Representatives, its Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, and others from continuing a probe of leaders of the
Peoples Democratic Party caucus over their last year’s statements on the presidential election appeal at the Supreme Court and Kogi State governorship election.

Justice Inynag Ekwo, in a judgment delivered on the suit filed by the PDP caucus leaders, held that the probe was unconstitutional as it was a violation of their rights to freedom of expression, and freedom of association.

The plaintiffs had filed their suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/68/2020 on January 27, 2020.

The House of Representatives’ Committee on Ethics and Privileges had in November 2019 launched an investigation against the four lawmakers following allegations that they issued public statements in their capacities not recognised by the House, misleading the general public and causing confusion and disaffection in the House of Representatives.

But in his judgment on Monday, the judge held that the statements issued by the plaintiffs were released in their personal capacity as Nigerians and based on the roles assigned them by the PDP.

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