The Federal High Court (FHC) sitting in Abuja on Thursday deliver a judgement in favour of Cross River Governor, Prof Ben Ayade, and his deputy, Prof Ivara Esu, in respect of their defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Newsmen reports that Ayade won on principle of stare decisis. Stare decisis is the doctrine that courts will adhere to precedent in making their decisions.
The court was full to capacity. Present in court were two governorship aspirants, Barrister Chris Agara and Arc Edem Duke; APC Cross River State Chairman Alphonsus Ogar Eba;
Rt Hon Mike Etaba; Senator Stephen Odey; and Cross River State Attorney General/Commissioner for Justice, Barr Tanko Ashang.
Also present were Barr Pius Onigah, Comrade Nchor Kingsley, Christopher Ogar, Bukie Okangbe , Kalita Joe Aruku, among others.
The Judge, Justice Taiwo Taiwo, came in at exactly 2:15 pm.
After the introduction of appearance for the PDP and others, reading of judgement commenced.
Meanwhile, Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja earlier today put the judgment on hold sequel to a letter by Mike Ozekhome, SAN, counsel to the governor, drawing the attention of the court to a judgment of the Enugu division of the Court of Appeal delivered in respect of the defection of Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State and his deputy, Dr Kelechi Igwe to the APC.
In the said judgment in reference, the appellate court held that Governor Umahi and his deputy cannot be removed from office on account of their defection.
Although the judgment was slated for this morning for delivery, the judge ordered counsel in the suit to address him on the implications of the appellate court’s judgment on the present case.
The judge had last month adjourned judgment to April 6, in the suit filed by the PDP against the governor and his deputy over their defection from the PDP on whose platform they came into the office for the APC.
The judge a few weeks ago had, in a similar case, ordered the removal of two members of the Federal House of Representatives and 18 legislators of the Cross River State House of Assembly for dumping the PDP for the APC.