A Federal Excessive Court docket, Abuja, will on Friday, ship judgment in a swimsuit filed by the Peoples Democratic Get together in opposition to Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River.
The PDP, by its counsel Emmanuel Ukala, SAN, had filed the swimsuit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/975/2021 earlier than Justice Taiwo Taiwo to hunt an order sacking the governor and his deputy over their defection to the All Progressives Congress, amongst others.
The Information Company of Nigeria, on Tuesday, gathered from Court docket 7, the place Justice Taiwo presides that the judgment in swimsuit quantity FHC/ABJ/CS/975/2021 filed by the PDP in opposition to Cross River governor and his deputy will come up on Friday, March 25.
NAN reviews that Taiwo had, on Monday, ordered two Home of Representatives members representing Cross River and 18 lawmakers from the state’s Home of Meeting to vacate their seats over their defection to APC.
The choose gave the order following a swimsuit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/971/2021 filed on August 27, 2021, by the PDP to problem the 20 lawmakers’ defection to APC, alongside the governor on Might 20, 2021.
Justice Taiwo, within the judgment, dismissed the defence argument that the PDP (plaintiff) had no locus standi (authorized rights) to institute the case.
He additionally dismissed different preliminary objections raised by the sacked lawmakers.
Taiwo dominated that the argument of the lawmakers that there was rancour within the PDP which necessitated their defection to APC was a ploy to mislead the courtroom.
The choose, who granted all of the reliefs sought by the PDP, held that it was disheartening that politicians within the nation deal with residents as if they don’t matter as soon as they get into workplace.
“A day should certainly come when elected officers, should both resign from their workplace or ask the individuals who voted for them earlier than defecting to different political events, as an alternative of defecting to a different get together with out recourse to the regulation and the residents,” he stated.
In line with him, we can’t proceed in sin and count on grace to abound.
The affected two members of the Home of Representatives from the state are Michael Etaba and Legor Idagbor.
The 18 state lawmakers embody the Speaker, Home of Meeting, Eteng Williams; Mich Etaba, Legor Idagbor, Joseph Bassey, Odey Agbe and Okon Ephraim.
Others are Regina Anyogo, Matthew Olory, Ekpo Bassey, Ogbor Udop, Ekpe Okon, Hillary Bisong, Francis Asuquo, Elvert Ayambem, Davis Etta, Sunday Achunekan, Cynthia Nkasi, Edward Ajang, Chris Ogar and Maria Akwaji.
Whereas Mr Etaba represents Obubra/Etung Federal Constituency of Cross River, Mr Idagbor represents Obudu/Obaliku/Bekwarra Federal Constituency of the state.