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Again, Court Sacks 20 Defectors From PDP To APC

Following the sacking of Governor Dave Umahi and his deputy, Dr Kelechi Igwe, on March 9, 2022, and the subsequent sacked of 15 lawmakers in Ebonyi over defection from PDP to APC, the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has Monday sacked another  20 members of the Cross River State House of Assembly who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressive Congress.

The judge, Justice Inyang Ekwo had declared that the mandate of the Peoples Democratic Party, on whose platform Umahi won before he decamped, could not be transferred to the APC.

In a judgement delivered by Justice Taiwo Taiwo, on Monday, the court held that the lawmakers needed to vacate their seats since they had abandoned the party which brought them to power.

The judgement followed a suit filed by the PDP marked FHC/ABJ/CS/975/2021.

Justice Taiwo in a judgment dismissed the defence argument that the PDP (plaintiff) had no locus standi (legal rights) to institute the case.

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Taiwo ruled that the argument of the lawmakers that there was rancour in the PDP which necessitated their defection to APC was a ploy to mislead the court.

The judge, who granted all the reliefs sought by the PDP, held that it was disheartening that politicians in the country treat citizens as if they do not matter once they get into office.

According to him, we cannot continue in sin and expect grace to abound.

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