It’s Unconstitutional To Declare Elucate’s Seat Vacant For Decamping – High Court Rules, Order His Reinstatement With Benefits

In News, Politics

By Archibong Jeremiah

Hon. Justice Ekwo of the Federal High Court Calabar, the Cross River State capital has ruled as “unconstitutional, illegal, and null and void” for the Cross River State House of Assembly to declare the seat of Hon. Elucate Ekom Okara (Obubra 2) vacant for decamping from PDP to APC.

The judgment was delivered Thursday morning in Court room 2 which seating started 9am where the judge directed the State Assembly to “restore the plaintiff and give him all his entitlements.”

The case which has been lingering for over a year now was described as “victory of the just” by Hon. Elucate when fielding questions from newsmen at the court premises.

He went on to say that “it is because of how slow our judicial system is that is why the case stayed this long but we thank God for everything.”

The Assembly leadership had long denied declaring the Obubra 2 seat vacant until the constitution amendment public hearing which held early January 2018 at Cultural Center Calabar where the Speaker confirmed declaring the said seat vacant and expressed dissatisfaction with INEC for not conducting election to fill the said seat.

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