The decision of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to put on hold its judgment caused palpable anxiety at the court’s premises.

This followed the decision of the Presiding judge, Justice Taiwo Taiwo to temporarily halt judgment in a suit seeking the removal of Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, and his Deputy Ivara Esu.

The judge had last month adjourned judgment to April 6, in the suit filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against the governor and his deputy over their defection from the PDP on whose platform they came into office for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Justice Taiwo Taiwo few weeks ago in a similar case, ordered the removal of two members of the House of Representatives and 18 legislators of the Cross River State House of Assembly for dumping the PDP for the APC.

The court held that their defection was illegal, unconstitutional hence they cannot continue to remain in office.

The trial judge in this matter fixed for Judgment in the case against Ayade and his Deputy.

But at the resumed sitting of the court , rather than Delivering Judgment, the Court asked parties to address it on the propriety of delivery of the Judgment taking into consideration the Court of Appeal judgment in the case of Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi, and his deputy, which held that they cannot be removed from office on account of defecting from one party to the other.

Babatunde Tiamiyu

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