The Peoples Democratic Party has lauded the Federal High Court in Abuja for sacking 20 lawmakers in cross Rivers State who defected to the ruling party last year.
The state chairman of the party, Venatius Ikem, stated this on Tuesday. According to him, the party has regained its victory.
“We have left no one in doubt that we had confidence in the judiciary, and we believed that we would reclaim our mandate.
“The difference between this case and the others in the past is that we challenged it, the courts don’t just give judgments, but adjudicate on matters brought before it.
“We decided that one way or the other, we would correct certain things in our politics and the judgment today is the beginning of this,” he said.
The chairman added that members of the party were delighted by Justice Taiwo Taiwo’s judgment.
Yesterday, Justice Taiwo had in a judgment asked the 18 lawmakers from the State House of Assembly and two from the House of Representatives who defected with the governor to vacate their seats since they abandoned the party which brought them to power.
His judgment followed suit filed by the PDP with the number: FHC/ABJ/CS/975/2021.
Meanwhile, the state Publicity Secretary of the Party, Mike Ojisi, has said the party is ready to field candidates for the vacant positions, adding that the judgment is a welcomed development.
“We are conscious of the fact that they may want to go for appeal, but that will not make any difference.
“If these lawmakers that were sacked today were wise, they would have learned a lesson from the Ebonyi governor’s judgment
“Even if they had returned to the party a day before this judgment, we would have received them with open arms.
“Our umbrella is so large that it can accommodate as many people as possible,” he said.
In a related development, the part had also filed a suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/975/2021 before Justice Taiwo Taiwo, which sought an order to sack the governor and his deputy for defecting to the All Progressives Congress, among others.
The Federal High Court in Abuja will, on Friday, deliver judgment.