The embattled mayor on Monday received a temporary relief from the Buea High Court following an interim injunction filed days earlier.
Ruling in open court on Monday found in the matter between Patrick Ekema Esunge and the University of Buea, the High Court observed there had been a serious breach of the right of the Mayor in that the equitable principle of ”Audi alteram” was never respected by the University of Buea in withdrawing the mayor’s certificate.
At no time was the mayor heard by the University of Buea, the court said adding that ”this is not only inequitable but also a breach of natural rules of justice.”
The onus now will be on any applicant, this case the University of Buea to prove that Mayor Ekema’s certificates were fake only executed in a manner directed by the law.
Thus a 48-hour interim injunction was issued by the court within which all parties are prohibited from making any public statement.
It should be recalled that the University of Buea sitting in Senate reportedly withdraw all certificates obtained by the mayor from the institution after a report from a commission put in place to investigate his admission into the University of Buea.
This followed a publication of Patric Ekema Esunge’s details by the GCE Board which showed he never passed the GCE Advanced Level as well as the Ordinary Level.