The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has announced that it would appeal Governor Benedict Ayade’s defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday.
Venatius Ikem, the chairman of the PDP in Cross River State, made the guarantee in a statement on Friday morning, asserting that Ayade had absconded with the party’s mandate.
The PDP had petitioned the Abuja High Court over Ayade’s defection, but the court ruled in favour of Governor Ayade.
It was a provocation, according to the PDP, imposed on it by unscrupulous people who were wrongly awarded the party’s mandate in the past.
“We will review the full ruling with the intention of appealing to the next court of law until justice is done obviously.”
“The Federal High Court’s ruling handed down yesterday in Abuja is another another successful examination of the depths of legal jurisprudence in uncharted area like the one we’re dealing with.
“Let me tell you that this verdict is simply a part of the larger picture that our attorneys envisioned when they began looking into this legal alternative, which has the potential to elevate both the court and our whole democracy to new heights.”
“We will not rest until justice is served, and we will continue to support our attorneys as they lead us in this fight for our democracy’s essence and decent governance.”
He thanked stakeholders for their support, saying the party would not let Ayade “sleep easy with our stolen mandate” and would “continue to keep them awake for the balance of the time that they brazenly flaunt at us who made it happen.”
According to the statement, Ayade regrets their “ill-fated excursion” with the APC, and that they “would continue to hammer home the message that the PDP was voted to rule Cross River People in 2019 because our people are PDP, body and soul, and not APC.”
He encouraged PDP supporters not to be discouraged by the court’s brief setback on Thursday.