Court upholds sack of five APC lawmakers….We are still studying the judgment -APC

Court upholds sack of

five APC lawmakers

….We are still studying the judgment -APC

The lawmakers representing Essien Udim, Mkpat Enin, Itu, Ikono and Etim Ekpo/Ika were sacked following their defection from the People’s Democratic Party to the APC.

The development had led to violent crisis and litigation. However, Justice Fatun Roman of the Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, delivered judgment on the matter Monday upholding the sack of the 5 APC lawmakers.

Reacting to the judgment of the Federal High Court therefore, the PDP in a press conference in Uyo on Monday applauded the court for causing justice to be done against men said to have been out to plunge the state into anarchy.

The party which spoke through its Publicity Secretary, Comrade Ini Ememobong also commended the Speaker, Barr Onofiok Luke for maintaining a calm and peaceful disposition during the crisis.

He said the former lawmaker’s seats were declared vacant by reason of their defection from the PDP without lawful justification.

“All five cases instituted by these sacked lawmakers were premised on several falsehoods ranging from the claim that the coalition entered into by the PDP with other parties was a merger, to the fact that the sacked lawmakers, like their master, were summarily expelled from the party”.

The party recalled with regret the drama and shame brought upon the state when the sacked lawmakers invaded the state House of Assembly and claimed to have impeached the legitimate Speaker of the House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Onofiok Luke and declared one Nse Ntuen as the speaker.

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“It can be recalled that these same lawmakers, with the active backing of their Warsaw general and party, created a house of comedy, wherein they claimed to have impeached the legitimate Speaker of the House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Onofiok Luke and declared one Nse Ntuen as the speaker.

”This illegality which was premised on distasteful lies was vehemently supported by the State Chairman of the APC, who validated the said impeachment and recognized the Speaker of the House of Comedy as the new Speaker of the House of Assembly. Today, like it is with all falsehood, a Daniel has come to Judgement and the truth has been revealed.

“If there is any honour left in the APC and her leaders, their reaction should be to unreservedly apologise to Akwa Ibom people and the entire world for the needless show of shame that they brazenly brought upon us and the unnecessary strain cum pressure on the polity. But by experience and observation, no reasonable person is expectant of such courtesy from the band of unprincipled fellows who currently lead the broom wielding movement

“Like a pack of cards placed on a mountain, all the lies were blown away by the wind of truth presented before the court by the legal team of Speaker Onofiok Luke led by Ekemini Udim Esq and the People’s Democratic Party led by Goddy Umoh. One by one, the court resolved all the issues in the substantive suits, against the lawmakers and held that their seats were vacant by reason of their defection from the PDP without lawful justification,” It sai.

The APC in the state in its reaction to the ruling on its sacked lawmakers said it was still studying the judgment, adding that its team of lawyers would soon decide whether to appeal the case or not.

Media adviser to the state APC chairman, Mr. Etim Etim said the party is not really bothered about the court ruling on the five lawmakers as its priority was on the governorship, National and State Assembly elections

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(C) The Nation

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