FOLLOWING a petition by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, Justice Ademola Adeniyi of the Federal High Court in Abuja, yesterday, withdrew from a suit seeking to remove the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.
Justice Adeniyi was directed to hands off the matter by the Chief Judge of the High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta.
Already, Justice Auta has handed the case file to Justice Evoh Chukwu of the same court to commence fresh hearing on the matter.
The suit, marked FHC/ABJ/CS/651/2015, was filed before the court by five members of All Progressives Congress, APC, in the Senate, Abu Ibrahim, Kabir Marafa, Ajayi Boroffice, Olugbenga Ashafa and Suleiman Hunkuyi.
The plaintiffs are praying the court to sack Saraki and Ekweremadu on the premise that the version of the Senate Standing Orders that was used to conduct the July 9, 2015 election that produced them as President and Deputy Senate President, respectively, was forged.
In their suit dated July 27, 2015, the plaintiffs contended that allowing Saraki and Ekweremadu to continue to pilot the affairs of the Senate, regardless of the fact that they emerged through an act of illegality, would in itself amount to corruption.
Cited as defendants in the suit were Saraki, Ekweremadu, the National Assembly and Clerks of the National Assembly.
Though the court had concluded hearing on the matter, Ekweremadu filed a petition before Justice Auta, alleging bias against Justice Adeniyi.
In his petition, dated December 18, 2015, Ekweremadu insisted that Justice Adeniyi was closely related with some chieftains of APC.