A former Chairman, Appropriation Committee, House of Representatives, Abdulmumin Jibrin, has filed a N1bn suit before a Federal High Court in Abuja challenging his suspension from the House.
Jibrin, a lawmaker from Kano State, on Friday withdrew the old suit which he filed to stop the moves being made to suspend him.
He was suspended by the House of Representatives for 180 legislative days on September 28.
Jibrin’s suspension was part of the fallout of his campaign since July for the removal of the House of Representatives Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, and other principal officers of the House over allegation that they padded the 2016 budget with about N40bn.
His lawyer, Chukwuma Nwachukwu, moved his application for discontinuance of the earlier suit on Friday.
He informed the court that a fresh originating summons had been filed before the court.
Justice John Tsoho struck out the earlier suit filed by the lawmaker following the motion for withdrawal of the suit.
In the old suit, which was struck out yesterday, the plaintiff dragged Dogara, his deputy, Yusuf Lasun, and other principal officers before the court to stop an alleged plan to suspend him.
Listed as defendants in the suit are: The House of Representatives, the Clerk of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, Yusuf Lasun, Alhassan Doguwa, Leo Ogor, Herman Hembe, Umar Mohammed, Zakari Mohammed, Chike Okafor, Dan Asuquo, Jagaba Adams, Haliru Jika and Uzoma Abonta.
They were also joined as the defendants in the fresh suit.
They were represented in court on Friday by Mr. Kalu Onuoha.
In his fresh suit, Jibrin sought N1bn as damages against the defendants.
He sought the court to declare that his suspension amounted to a violation of his fundamental human rights to freedom of expression.
He also prayed the court to declare that the resolution passed by the House of Representatives to suspend him is in breach of the provisions of Section 68 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.
He also sought an order of injunction restraining the House of Representatives from preventing him from accessing the legislative chambers to perform his legislative duties.
Jibrin, a legislator in the All Progressives Congress representing Kiru/Bebeji Federal Constituency of Kano State, had in his old suit sought a declaration that the defendants were bound to comply with the provisions of sections 49, 54, 56 and 60 of the 1999 Constitution.
The plaintiff stated in a supporting affidavit that immediately the 3rd -14th defendants (Dogara and other principal officers) knew about the petitions he presented against them to the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the Inspector-General of Police, and others, they held a meeting on August 3, 2016.
He stated that Dogara and others allegedly resolved during the meeting to suspend him immediately as member of the House of Representatives.
He said the defendants also agreed to urgently reconvene the House from its recess, “with a desperate agenda to suspend the plaintiff contrary to the Rules of the House.”
He added, “That one of such meetings was held by the 3rd to 14 defendants at the residence of the 3rd defendant (Dogara) in Apo, Abuja on August 3, 2016.
“If the reliefs of the plaintiff are not granted, the plaintiff will be suspended as a member of the House of Representatives, and this will greatly prejudice him and thousands of his constituents, who rely on him to afford them their due representations in the federal legislature.”