*** Writes Akwa Ibom, re- instructs it to continue to represent it at the Appeal Court
By Henry Umoru
ABUJA- The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has made a U- turn on its earlier notice of withdrawal of appeal against Hon. Bassey Etim regarding the Akwa Ibom North East Senatorial political quagmire.
The National Working Committee, NWC of the PDP has re- instructed its Akwa Ibom Chapter legal team to continue to represent the party at the Court of Appeal in Calabar, Cross River State.
In a letter dated 15th September, 2017, signed by PDP National Legal Adviser, Barrister Dave Iorhemba to Akwa Ibom State Legal Adviser of PDP, Barrister Okon Bassey Akpan, the National Working Committee, NWC said that it became imperative to rescind on its earlier decision to withdraw appeal in the interest of pursing justice to a logical conclusion.
The letter which was copied the Registrar, Court of Appeal, Calabar Division and made available to Vanguard yesterday was entitled, RE: Notice of Withdrawal of Appeal No: CA/C/104/2017 – Peoples Democratic Party Vs Hon. Bassey Etim ORS.
It reads: “We write to withdraw the notice of withdrawal of appeal filed before this Honourable Court on 14/9/2017.
“The Party as the Appellant is desirous of pursuing this appeal to the logical conclusion.
“My Lords should disregard the earlier process filed in this case and proceed to hear the appeal since the Appellant’s brief of argument has also already been filed and exchanged in the interest of justice.”
In another letter dated September 18, 2017, signed by PDP National Legal Adviser, Barrister Dave Iorhemba to Akwa Ibom State Legal Adviser of PDP, Barrister Okon Bassey Akpan, the National leadership of PDP has re- instructed him to take over all processes filed and to protect the interest of the party, adding that the present letter supersedes all previous instruction on the subject matter.
The letter entitled, ” Letter of Instruction CA/ C/ 104/2017- Peoples Democratic Party Vs Hon Bassey Etim and 2 others”, read: ” Pursuit to our publication debriefing all counsels handling matters for Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Daily Trust and Thisday Newspapers all of 24th July, 2017, and asking them for revalidation of same.
” You are hereby re- instructed to continue to represent the Peoples Democratic Party( Appellant) in the above matter at the Court of Appeal, Calabar.
” You are by this instruction to take over all processes filed and to protect the interest of the party. This letter supersedes all previous instructions on this subject matter.
” However, note that the Party candidate shall be responsible for all fees as per the party schedule for payment.
” Please keep the undersigned informed of developments in the matter regularly.”