Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has sacked 20 members of the Cross River State House of Assembly who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressive Congress.
The Speaker of the Cross River State House of Assembly Eteng Williams, two members representing Cross River at the National Assembly, Michael Etaba and Legor Idagbor, and 17 other legislators of the State assembly, are the legislators to be in affected by the court judgment.
The court stressed that the lawmakers needed to vacate their seats since they had abandoned the party which brought them to power, In a judgment delivered on Monday by Justice Taiwo Taiwo.
The judge, who granted all the reliefs sought by the PDP, held that it was disheartening that politicians in the country treat citizens as if they do not matter once they get into office. According to him, we cannot continue in sin and expect grace to abound.
“A day must surely come when elected officials, must ask the people who voted for them before defecting to other political parties,” Mr Taiwo said.
He noted that “the lawmakers wined and dined under the umbrella of the PDP,” but ditched the party even when there was no justification for their action.
“The defendants court documents were contrived and filed with loopholes. The papers are manifestly defective,” the judge said while granting all the reliefs sought by the PDP.
A similar case challenging the defection of Governor Ben Ayade is set for judgement on Friday.
The judgement comes two weeks after Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja sacked Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, his deputy, Kelechi Igwe, along with 15 lawmakers in the state House of Assembly over unprovoked defection from the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).