The Federal High Court in Abuja, has nullified the candidacy of 20 members of the Cross River State House of Assembly that defected from the Peoples Democratic Party.

They had joined the state governor Prof. Ben Ayade, to the ruling All Progressive Congress, in May, 2021.

Justice Taiwo Taiwo, in a judgment held that the lawmakers, having abandoned the political party that sponsored them to power, ought to vacate their seats.

On the 16th of March, a Federal High Court had order for fresh governorship election in Ebonyi state since Governor Dave Umahi had left the PDP on whose platform it won the election.

The court also declared the seats of 16 members of the House of Assembly vacant.

The judgment of the court relied on the principle that votes cast during an election is for the political party.

Gov Umahi has appealed the judgment.

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