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Court postpones judgment on Ayade’s defection

A Federal High Court in Abuja has postponed the delivery of judgement in a suit seeking to sack the Cross River Governor, Ben Ayande and his Deputy, Ivara Esu.

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In the suit marked, FHC/ABI/CS/975/2021, the Peoples Democratic Party asked the court to sack Ayade and his Deputy over their defection from PDP to the All Progressives Congress.

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had sued Mr Ayade and 20 state legislators over their defection from the PDP to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in May 2021.

The judgement on Mr Ayade’s defection was slated for Friday, March 25, triggering uncertainties as to the fate of the governor, after another federal judge, Inyang Ekwo, about two weeks ago, sacked the Ebonyi State governor, Dave Umahi for ditching the PDP for the APC.

News men check on Mr Taiwo’s cause list, the list of the day’s scheduled cases, showed that the judgement has been shifted to April 6.

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“We were only informed of the postponement of judgement on Governor Ayade’s defection suit on Thursday afternoon,” a lawyer to one of the parties in the suit said”

The lawyer, who asked not to be named because he was not given the authority, to talk to the press about the matter added, “I had called the court registry to find out about the time that the judge would be delivering judgement, only to be told that it had been shifted to April 6,” the lawyer said

During Monday’s proceedings, lawyers and litigants waited for about two hours before Mr Taiwo resumed sitting for the day at about 2:00 p.m.

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