Senator Godswill Akpabio.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki has been ordered by the court not to impede on the freedom of Senator Godswill Akpabio.

According to Punch, Othman Musa, a judge, gave the order on Wednesday and also directed Saraki not to impede Akpabio’s access to the senate chamber.

The judge also restrained Saraki from taking any action aimed at blocking Akpabio’s privileges and rights as a senator pending the determination of the originating summons of the applicant.

Musa reportedly also ordered that service of the originating summons and other processes be served on Saraki through either the clerk of the national assembly, clerk of the senate or staff of the national assembly.

The orders were brought on after an ex parte application by Akpabio’s lawyers, Chikaosolu Ojukwu and Ebere Ahanonu, seeking to stop alleged moves to declare the lawmaker’s seat vacant.

The suit has been adjourned till August 29 for hearing.

There have been reports on the plan to sack Akpabio from the senate following his defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Akpabio had said that all defectors must lose their seats before he will relinquish his as a Senator.

The ensuing political unrest succeeds a wave of defections that has seen political cross-carpeting mainly from the ruling party, APC to the PDP ahead of the 2019 General Elections.

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