The Federal High Court in Abuja, on Monday sacked 20 lawmakers from the Cross River State House of Assembly over their defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to All Progressives Congress (APC).
The judge, Taiwo Taiwo, while delivering judgement on a suit instituted by the PDP to challenge the lawmakers’ defection, dismissed all the preliminary objections raised by the sacked lawmakers.
Justice Taiwo ruled that the argument of the lawmakers that there was hatred in the PDP which necessitated their defection to APC was a ploy to mislead the court.
He noted that “the lawmakers wined and dined under the umbrella of the PDP,” but ditched the party even when there was no justification for their action.
The judge, who granted all the reliefs sought by the PDP, held that it was disheartening that politicians in the country treat citizens as if they do not matter once they get into office.
It was learnt that two of the House of Representatives members and 18 Cross River House of Assembly were affected by the judgment.
Recall that the judgement comes about two weeks after Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja sacked Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, his deputy Kelechi Igwe, along with 15 lawmakers in the state House of Assembly.