Fresh Crisis Looms In Cross River APC Ahead Of State Congress, As Member Takes Party To Court
A new crisis looms in the APC in Cross River ahead of the State Congress, as a member sues the party in court.
Mfam Asu, a member of the All Progressives Congress’s Cross River State chapter, has petitioned the State High Court to dispute the party’s alleged constitutional violations ahead of the party’s state congress on October 16.
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He asked the court to rule on whether the governor-led Caretaker/National Convention Planning Committee, the chairman of the Cross River State APC Caretaker Committee, Sen. Mathew Mbu Jr., as well as Governor Ben Ayade and others listed as 1st to 8 defendants, have the authority to carry out the exercise.
It was discovered that the case had been filed in the Vacation court in Calabar but was returned to the state Chief Justice Akon Ikpeme, by the Vacation Judge for reassignment.
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The issues for determination and resolution include, “Whether there is power in the 1st and 2nd Defendants to proceed to conduct the 31st day of July Ward Congresses and/or any Congress and National Convention by virtue of sections 183 and 223 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended);
“Whether any of the defendants can deny the plaintiff their right to contest and/or take part in the 1st Defendants 2021 ward Congresses, Local Government Congresses and State Congress in Cross River State:”