The Labour Party has said they are ready to proceed to the Appeal Court over today’s high court ruling which nullified the candidacy of its candidate for Cross River Southern Senatorial candidate, Hon Daniel Asuquo, popularly known as Dansuki.
Earlier today, the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, presided over by Justice A.R. Muhammed, nullified the primaries conducted by Labour Party for the Cross River State Southern Senatorial District, which ruling disqualified Hon Chief Asuquo Daniel Effiong and ordered his immediate delisting as a candidate by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Former commissioner for finance in the state, Asuquo Ekpenyong jr who is APC candidate for the same senatorial seat, had dragged the LP candidate over allegation that LP did not follow due process in conducting the senatorial primary.
Reacting swiftly, chairman of Labour Party in the state, Ambassador Ogar Osim disagreed with the high court judgment, arguing that they had complied with all the requirements and processes.
In a statement, Osim explained that, “Asuquo duly resigned from his former party. His resignation letter was duly published and widely circulated.
Labour Party Set To Appeal Disqualification of C’River Southern Senatorial Candidate
“He formally approached our party and formally registered from at his local ward in line with party constitution.
* I want also to confirm that our party also followed due process in the conduct of the primary election which produced Hon Daniel Asuquo as our candidate for Cross River Southern Senatorial District election.”
According to the LP chairman, the security agencies, INEC officials and party dignitaries from the national party headquarters were present during the primaryelection.
He asserted that co- contenders from other parties for the Senatorial seat are scared stiff of the popularity of their candidate who has spent 12 years in the green chambers, representing the Akamkpa/Biase federal constituency.
Story Written By Eyo Charles, Calabar