- The Calabar Court of Appeal has ruled that Usani Usani, the minister of Niger Delta affairs, remained the APC gubernatorial candidate
- The appeal court verdict came as a recognition of the earlier judgement by the Federal High Court
- The judgement also refused a prayer by APC faction challenging a stay of execution recognising Etim John-led state executive committee
With confusion still growing as regard the authentic candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Cross River state, the Calabar Court of Appeal has ruled that Usani Usani, the Niger Delta affairs minister remains the APC gubernatorial candidate.
Giving its verdict on Wednesday, February 20, Justice Mojeed Owoade-led panel also refused a prayer before it by a faction of the party challenging a stay of execution recognising the Etim John-led state executive committee, Channels TV reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the warring factions in the state were urged to maintain the status quo, pending the determination of the appeal filed by the faction of the party led by John Ochala against the judgement of the Federal High Court.
Justice Owoade in his judgment also granted the Ochala faction of the party leave to appeal the judgment of the Federal High Court.
It would be recalled that prior to the February 20 judgement, the Federal High Court, in a judgement by Justice S. A. Amobeda upon a suit with number FHC/CA/CS/73/2018, recognised the Etim John faction as the authentic APC leadership in Cross River.
Amobeda had also directed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to recognise the list of candidates presented by the Etim John led leadership in the general elections, which included Pastor Usani Usani as the party governorship candidate.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the Federal Court of Appeal sitting in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital, had overturned an earlier judgement of the state high court over the authenticity of the chairman of the All Progressives Congress in the state.
While making his judgement, Justice Ibrahim Saulawa, ruled that the lower court had no jurisdiction in entertaining the case in the first instance as matters relating to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) could not be heard by a state high court.
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