Why Cross River APC May Not Have House of Assembly And Reps Candidates In 2023 — Okoi Obono-Obla
A former presidential aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, Okoi Obono-Obla has said that the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC in Cross River State may end up not having candidates for House of Assembly and House of Representatives in the 2023 general elections.
Obla, the aggrieved APC member and former Cross River Central Senatorial District aspirant who lost out to Eteng Jones at the party’s National Assembly primary election said the tickets given to 18 members of the Cross River State House of Assembly and two members of the House of Representatives by Cross River APC to contest in the 2023 general election are enmeshed in legal uncertainty and consequently result in the APC not having candidates.
Read the full statement below;
CROSS RIVER STATE APC ON THE BRINK:
The tickets given to 18 members of the Cross River State House of Assembly and two members of the House of Representatives by Cross River APC to contest in the 2023 general election are enmeshed in legal uncertainty and consequently result in the APC not having candidates.
There is a result of pending litigation involving the right of these legislators to be members of their respective legislative houses after they attempted to defect from PDP to APC in 2021.
The APC has disavowed these legislators in a counter-affidavit filed in the Federal High Court Abuja to a suit filed by PDP challenging their membership of the Cross River State House of Assembly and the House of Representatives after they cross carpeted.
The Federal High Court ruled in favor of PDP. After this, the legislators filed an appeal against the judgment.
The appeal filed by them is yet to be heard by the Court of Appeal.
Their membership will crystallize when the court of appeal determines the litigation concerning their status.
Till the determination of their membership, they cannot enjoy the rights and privileges accruing to the members.
In other words, they cannot seek the nomination of tickets to fly the party’s flag in the 2023 general election.
The Constitution of APC provides that no person shall be eligible to contest for any Party position or be nominated to be its candidate at any election if the person is not a member of the Party.
In the eyes of the law, these legislators are still members of the PDP when their appeal against the judgment of the Federal High Court in Abuja in Suit No.FHC/ABJ/CS/976/2021 is determined.
The litigation filed by PDP against these legislators constitutes an albatross opening who have been donated tickets by the potentates to litigation by both PDP and aggrieved aspirants in APC.