Ahead of the October 16 state congress of the All Progressives Congress, a member of the Cross River State chapter of the party, Mfam Asu, has approached the State High Court to challenge the party’s alleged constitutional breaches.
He asked the court to determine whether or not the Governor Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker/ National Convention Planning Committee, the Cross River State APC Caretaker Committee chairman, Sen. Mathew Mbu Jr. as well as Governor Ben Ayade and others listed as 1st to 8 defendants, have the powers to go ahead with the exercise.
It was learnt that the matter was filed in the vacation court in Calabar but was returned to the state Chief Judge Justice Akon Ikpeme, by the Vacation Judge for reassignment.
The issues for determination and resolution include, “Whether there is power in the 1st and 2nd Defendants to proceed to conduct the 31st day of July Ward Congresses and/or any Congress and National Convention by virtue of sections 183 and 223 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended);
“Whether any of the defendants can deny the plaintiff their right to contest and/or take part in the 1st Defendants 2021 ward Congresses, Local Government Congresses and State Congress in Cross River State:”
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