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20 APC Lawmakers From Cross River Appeal Court Order Which Sacked Them

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Two members of the House of Representatives and 18 others from the Cross River State House of Assembly, sacked by a court in Abuja, have filed a suit at the Court of Appeal in the nation’s capital to challenge the judgement which removed them from office.

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mike Ozekhome, filed the appeal on Monday on behalf of the lawmakers.

The Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State, Christian Ita, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday.

This comes hours after the Federal High Court in Abuja sacked the lawmakers for unlawful defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the APC.

The lawmakers affected comprised two from the House of Representatives and 18 others in the Cross River State House of Assembly.

In their defence, the lawmakers had informed the court of rancour in the PDP, saying that led to their expulsion from the party.

But Justice Taiwo Taiwo, in his judgement, held that the lawmakers, ought to vacate their seats, having abandoned the political party that sponsored them to power.

According to him, the action of the lawmakers in challenging the competence of the suit is feeble and constitutes an attempt to pull a wool over the eyes of the court.

The judge stated that the defendants had intentions to mislead the court, adding that he found gaps and loopholes in their defence as they tried to twist events to suit their narratives.

Written by: Ayomide Ayodele

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