A Federal High Court in Abuja has set a new date to deliver judgement on the defection suit against Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State.
The court shifted the ruling to April 7.
Justice Taiwo Oladipupo Taiwo halted delivery of the judgment to enable him to consider the implications of a Court of Appeal fresh judgment on the defection. related matters.
The Court of Appeal, Enugu Division, had five days ago held that defection did not constitute any known offence but constitutional rights of freedom of association as enshrined under Section 40 of the 1999 Constitution.
Ben Ayade and his deputy had defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), prompting the PDP to ask the court to declare their seats vacant.
Mike Ozekhome SAN, counsel to the governor, had in a letter drawn the attention of the court to the Court of Appeal judgment and prayed the court to bow and respect the decision of the higher Court of Appeal.