Court Halts Delisting Of Owan-Enoh By INEC As APC Governorship Candidate In Cross River

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The Court of Appeal sitting in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, has ordered a stay of execution on the Federal High Court judgment, which ordered the delisting of Senator John Owan-Enoh as the governorship flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Cross River State.

The presiding judge, Justice Mojeed Awoade ordered that the two factions of the APC in the state should maintain status quo, pending the final judgment in the case.

Senator Owan-Enoh and the Minister of Niger Delta, Usani Usani, are both in contention for the party’s ticket for Cross River State governorship seat.

The Appeal Court had on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, refused an oral application by the Owan-Enoh faction for a stay of execution of the Federal High Court judgment.

Justice Awoade had ordered all parties to maintain the status quo, pending the determination of the appeal filed by the faction of the party led by John Ochala against the judgment of the Federal High Court.

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He, however, granted the Ochala faction of the party leave to appeal the judgment of the Federal High Court, which had on February 11 recognised the Etim John faction of the APC as the authentic leadership of the party in the state.

The court also directed INEC to recognise the list of candidates presented by the Etim John led leadership in the general elections.

But responding to the stay of execution order by the Appeal Court, the counsel to Senator Owan-Enoh explained that INEC had misinterpreted the Federal High Court order by delisting the names of the candidates of the APC earlier sent to the commission.

He insisted that Owan-Enoh remained the recognised governorship candidate for the March 9, 2019 election.

On his part, the counsel to Usani said his team would wait for the final judgment in the case, which is expected to be delivered before the governorship election on March 9, 2019.

The Appeal Court has adjourned the case until Monday, March 4, 2019.

Court Sacks Owan-Enoh As Cross River APC Gov Candidate

 

A Federal High Court sitting in Calabar, Cross River State, has sacked Senator John Owan Enoh as the governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state.

The court also sacked the factional leadership of the party under Mr John Ochalla, which is loyal to Owan-Enoh.

Apart from removing Senator Enoh and Ochalla, the court rejected other candidates of the party currently recognised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

In a two-hour judgment, Justice Simon Amobeda, ordered that Usani Usani, be recognised as the legitimate candidate of the party.

He also ordered that “INEC should only receive and accept the names and candidates for the 2019 elections that emerged from the lawful executive led by Godwin Etim John”.

Justice Amobeda also ordered that persons parading themselves as the executive members of the APC in the state should forthwith cease to do so, ruling that the lawful executive of APC in Cross River remains that which is led by Godwin Etim John.

“The judgment clearly is in support of the rule of law as it also supports the yearning of the common man,” counsel to the claimants, Ayei Okpa, told journalists after the judgement.

“Once a judgment is delivered in a court of law, everyone affected by that judgment is supposed and ought to comply with the said judgment and that is what this court today, has confirmed”.

Okpa added that INEC is to use and publish only the names that emerged from the lawful executive and not any other name that emerged from any other executive in Cross River State APC.

According to him, the court has every power under its disciplinary jurisdiction to undo what has been done unlawfully and the Electoral Act commands INEC to obey court orders.

“INEC has every reason to comply with that order, what INEC did by publishing unlawful names is unlawful,” he said.

Reacting to the judgement, Ntufam Godwin Etim John said, he is very pleased with the court’s ruling and is not surprised with the judgment because according to him, there is no way that one will disobey court injunction, ruling or judgement and expect to go anywhere and get a contrary judgment.

Meanwhile, counsel to the John Ochalla faction of the party, Egire Osim, declined to speak with Journalists.

Motivational Speaker Urges Youths To Develop Entrepreneurial Skills

Niger-DeltaThe youths in Cross River State Central Senatorial District have been urged to develop their skills for self-empowerment rather than relying on white collar jobs to make ends meet.

Speaking during a one-day Career Coaching Summit, a Lagos-based motivational speaker, Muyiwa Afolabi, said excellence cannot be bargained, adding that youths must imbibe the spirit of self-empowerment as opportunities abound in the state and beyond in order to excel.

The career coach’s speech was titled ‘Cross River Central Youths: Developing a passion for Excellence’.

The Senator representing Cross River State Central Senatorial District, Mr John Owan Enoh, has promised his constituents effective representation through advocating and proposing bills that will render individual and collective support to meet many demands geared towards giving them a positive future.

Senator Enoh said he will continue to remain firm to all the promises made to his constituents to better their lives as the career day will be an annual event in the Central Senatorial District throughout his stay in office.

The Summit was held in Ikom Local Government Area of Cross River State.

Senatorial Aspirant Hails Conduct Of PDP Primaries In C/River

PDPThe PDP Cross River State flag bearer for the Central Senatorial District, John Owan Enoh,  has described the just concluded primaries in the state as free, fair, transparent and devoid of intimidation.

Speaking to Channels Television in Calabar the Cross River State capital, he maintained that the exercise in the state was one of the freest and fairest in the country and debunked claims of intimidation.

He appealed to those who lost to understand that there can only be one winner, and therefore, urged ‎them to work with those who won to ensure victory in 2015.

He also thanked the Cross River State government for promoting democracy by allowing the will of the people to prevail.