Defection: PDP To Appeal Outcome Of Suit Against Gov Ayade

The Cross River State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has vowed to appeal the judgement delivered by a High Court in Abuja, in favour of the state Governor, Ben Ayade.

The main opposition party plans to pursue the case filed against its former member up to the Supreme Court.

The Chairman of PDP in the state, Vena Ikem in a statement released on Friday said proceeding to the Appeal Court would remain “a civilized struggle and an intellectual exploration of the limits and vastness of our jurisprudence in this untested territory.”

PDP had approached the High Court in Abuja over the defection of Ayade from PDP to the All Progressives Congress, adding that the mandate belongs to the party and not the candidate.

He wrote, “We will be studying the judgment in its entirety with the certainty of appealing to the next Court of Law until justice is manifestly done.

“The judgment of yesterday by the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja is yet another successful exploration of the dept of legal jurisprudence in the uncharted territory such as we have at hand. Let me assure you that this judgment is only a step in the overall picture envisaged by our lawyers when they took steps to explore this legal option which has the potential to take both the Judiciary and indeed our entire democracy to another level entirely.

“We will continue to support our lawyers as they lead us in this battle for the soul of our democracy and good governance of our people.”

He hailed party stakeholders and supporters for not allowing Ayade to sleep well “with our stolen mandate and will continue to keep them sleepless for the remainder of the tenure which they shamelessly flaunt at us who made it happen.”

According to the statement, Ayade has regretted what they described as an ill-fated adventure to APC, adding that they “will continue to drive the message home that it was the PDP that was elected to govern Cross River People in 2019 because our people are PDP, body and soul, and not APC.”

He called on supporters of the party not to be moved by the temporary setbacks of yesterday’s judgment.

Ikem charged members and supporters of the party to remain focused as the ‘bigger picture’ will only birth after the Supreme Court gives its verdict on all issues related to the matter.

This article was originally published on Nigeria News