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PDP Asks Court To Unseat Cross River State Governor and Deputy

PDP Asks Court To  Unseat Cross River State Governor and Deputy

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Cross River State has asked the court to direct the State Governor and his deputy to vacate their office.

According to THE GAURDIAN, PDP says that they are members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the party did not win the March 9, 2019 governorship election in the state.

THE GUARDIAN reports that in the suit made available to some newsmen in Calabar, yesterday, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), APC, and the deputy governor, Prof. Ivara Ejemot Esuas were joined as defendants. Information Guide Nigeria

The PDP filed a suit seeking the judiciary to mandate the party to nominate a replacement for the governor and his deputy.

THE GAURDIAN reports that the suit was filed by five senior advocates of Nigeria led by Emmanuel C. Ukal

However, the Special Adviser to Governor on Media and Publicity, Mr. Christian Ita described the act by PDP as a mere exercise for cheap headlines.

“In any case, given the relevant provisions of the constitution, they are just jokers and jesters who are embarking on mere academic exercise for cheap headlines in the media.”

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The PDP stated, “A declaration that in view of the provisions of section 221 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) and the democratic system of governance operated in Nigeria, votes at the election and elections are won by political parties and not their candidate or the candidates sponsored at the election by the political parties.” Jamb Results

According to THE GAURDIAN, the PDP has asked INEC, “to immediately receive from the plaintiff (PDP), the name of its candidates to replace the 3rd and 4th defendants (Ayade and Esu) for the purpose of utilising the lawful votes cast in favour of the plaintiff or in the alternative directing the 1st defendant to hold a gubernatorial election for Cross River State in accordance with Section 177 © of the Constitution (excluding the 3rd and 4th defendants who are disqualified from participating in the election by virtue of Section 192 (1) (b) of the Constitution) arising from abandonment of the majority lawful votes and the offices occasioned by the action of the 3rd and 4th defendants by reason of their becoming members of the 2nd defendant who did not win majority of the lawful votes cast at the election.”

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Idongesit Akpa-Ayang

Idongesit is a graduate of Communication Arts, University of Uyo. Currently working as a news reporter at InfoGuide Nigeria.

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