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C’River: A-Court refuses to stop Usani as APC gov candidate

CALABAR —The Court  of Appeal sitting in Calabar, Cross River State, Wednesday, refused an oral application by the faction of the All Progressives Congress, APC,  in Cross River State a stay of execution of a Federal High Court judgment recognizing the state executive committee of the party led by Ntufam John.

The Appeal Court presided over by Justice M. Owoade ordered parties to maintain status quo pending the determination of the appeal by that faction of the party led by Sir John Ochala against the judgment of the Federal High Court.

The court also ordered that the applicant shall file notice of appeal in this court not later than two days from today.

The order reads: “The applicant shall file notice of appeal in this court not later than two days from today.”

The Federal High Court had on February 11, 2019 given judgment in the suit with number FHC/CA/CS/73/2018, in which the court recognized the Etim John led leadership of the party as the authentic leadership of the party in the state.

The court also directed the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to recognise the list of candidates presented by the Etim John led leadership in the forthcoming election.

Among those on the list as presented by the Etim John faction of the party include the Minister of Niger Delta affairs, Pastor Usani Usani who is their governorship candidate.

Others are Prince Bassey Otu, senatorial candidate, Cross River South, Chief Akin Rickettes, senatorial candidate Cross River Central and Chief Ugba Murphy, Senatorial candidate, Cross River North.

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A list of House of Representatives candidates was also presented to INEC.

The Appeal Court, however, granted the John Ochala faction of the party leave to appeal the judgment of the Federal High Court.

Other appellants in the appeal are Bishop Victor Ebong and Bassey Ita. Parties interested/ applicants in the appeal are Sen. Owan Enoh, Sen. Victor Ndoma Egba, and Dr. Bassey Nakanda.

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