The Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday struck out a suit seeking an order declaring vacant the seats of 54 National Assembly members who, last year, defected from the political parties which sponsored their elections.

The legislators targeted by the suit include the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and a former Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio.

Justice Okon Abang held that the plaintiff which instituted the suit, the Legal Defence and Assistance Project, lacked the legal right to institute the suit.

He held that LEDAP’s status as a registered corporate body under the Company and Allied Matters Act was not sufficient to confer the right to institute the action on behalf of the public.