Monday June 27, 2022 4:04 PM

Umahi: It is the turn of Ben Ayade to go- PDP

Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Cross River State, Venatius Ikem has expressed optimism that the sack of Governor Ben Ayade by the court is also very imminent.

It will be recalled that on Tuesday,  an Abuja High Court, presided over by Justice Inyang Ekwo declared in its judgment that Governor David Umahi can no longer be the Governor of Ebonyi State having decamped from the PDP to the APC, maintaining that the votes which gave him the governorship victory belonged to the PDP.

In its epoch-making ruling, the court directed the PDP to immediately nominate two persons to take over power in Ebonyi State immediately as governor and deputy or INEC should conduct a byelection.

The same matter is similar to the case of Cross River State where Ben Ayade won the 2019 election as governor when he was still in PDP. He left the party to APC on 20th May, 2021.

Ikem said: “We have been in Court for several months on the same claims like those of the PDP in Ebonyi State and we are being represented by the same lawyers, too.

“Indeed, the matter has been set for hearing.

“So, it is not a matter of if we are ‘thinking in that direction’, it is a matter of when our own judgment will be delivered.”

Speaking on the National Judicial Council (NJC) which Umahi has ran to for protection and review of the judgment, Ikem said NJC does not have such power.

“The NJC is not a Court. It doesn’t and has no power to review judgments of courts. Only the appropriate Superior Courts have jurisdiction to review judgements of inferior or lower courts,” he said.

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