The Federal High Court Abuja, on Monday, sacked 20 members of the Cross River State House of Assembly who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) some time ago.
Newsmen reports that in the judgment given by Justice Taiwo Taiwo, having defected to the APC, the lawmakers not only jettisoned the PDP, but also the votes that belonged to it.
The suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/975/2021 was filed by the PDP.
It held that going by the outcome of the election that brought them in, their seats belong to the plaintiff and no other political party.
It would be recalled that similar verdict was given by the Federal High Court when it sacked Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State, his deputy, Eric Kelechi Igwe, and 16 lawmakers, earlier this month.
Justice Inyang Ekwo held that the PDP was bound to retain the votes and mandate given to it by the electorate in Ebonyi State, as both Governor Umahi and his deputy could not validly transfer same to APC.
Meanwhile, a Federal High Court sitting in Calabar and presided over by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu on Monday, discharged Nigerian journalist and activist, Agba Jalingo in a criminal suit that alleged he committed acts of terrorism, treasonable felony and cyber crimes.
This followed the decision of the Cross River State government to withdraw the charges it filed against him.
The state had taken over prosecution from the federal government in February 2020 when he was admitted to bail after spending 179 days in incarceration.
The Director of Public Prosecution in the state, John Ogban Esq. told the court at the resumed hearing that he received the directives of the Attorney General, Tanko Ashang to discontinue the case.
Ogban who was slammed by Justice Ojukwu at the last adjourned date, said they had filed a further amended charge before now, but made a verbal application for the withdrawal of the case.
When asked if he was withdrawing totally and will no longer prosecute the charge, Ogban answered in the affirmative.
The defense, led by Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria did not object to the verbal application and commended the directive.
“We commend the Honorable Attorney General of the state for taking this decision. We are happy that our harassment has ended”, Olumide-Fusika who was accompanied by F. Baba Isa and Kehole Enya said.