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Governor Ayade's fate to be decided on April 6 as court postpones ruling

Governor Ben Ayade

A suit challenging the defection of Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River and his Deputy, Ivara Esu from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress has been adjourned by a Federal High Court in Abuja.

The judgment had been scheduled for March 25, 2022, by Justice Taiwo Taiwo. But, however, the court has now fixed the 6th of April 2022 to rule on the case.

Recall that the PDP had through its counsel Emmanuel Ukala, sought an order sacking the Governor and his Deputy over their defection.

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PDP had said, “INEC should immediately receive from the plaintiff (PDP), the name of its candidates to replace the 3rd and 4th defendants (Ayade and Esu) to utilise the lawful votes cast in favour of the plaintiff.

”Or in the alternative direct the 1st defendant to hold a gubernatorial election for Cross River State following Section 177 of the Constitution excluding the 3rd and 4th defendants who are disqualified from participating in the election under Section 192 (1) (b) of the Constitution) arising from the abandonment of the majority lawful votes and the offices.”

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