… As Ndoma Egba Kicks Against Judgment
Former Senate leader, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, says he has been hugely disappointed by the Justice Vincent Agbata’s panel and will challenge the judgment at a higher court.
Ndoma-Egba had issued a public statement denouncing the judgment of the tribunal which struck out his case against Prof Sandy Onor of the PDP saying the tribunal overlooked the obvious unlawful action of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in excluding him from fully participating in the senatorial elections for the senatorial district held on February 23, 2019.
According to him: “Without doubt the decision of the Tribunal is a huge disappointment not only to me but to all my supporters and members of the All Progressives Congress in Cross River State.
I have received so many calls and messages from different quarters expressing overwhelming solidarity with me and the All Progressives Congress.”
He said as a senior lawyer, he still retains ‘“implicit faith in the Nigerian judiciary. I am well aware of the options available to me. Upon a quick review of our position with my lawyers, we have taken the decision to seek judicial clarification by subjecting the judgment of the Tribunal to further judicial test at the Court of Appeal.”
Ndoma-Egba said: “This decision is borne out of a strong personal sense of responsibility to further developing the law and deepening jurisprudence in Nigeria, in the overall interest of the society.”
He said :”As we work towards achieving this, I urge all my teeming supporters to not be discouraged but remain calm. Remember that the process of making glassware requires subjecting the products to heat tests but to make crystal glass, the product has to undergo over ten times the heat levels required for making ordinary glass. So, we are on our journey to becoming crystal.”
He called on his supporters not to despair but to keep faith, saying he would not have gotten to the height he attained without their ardent support.
In a similar development Mr. Alex Egbona of the APC representing Abi/Yakurr Federal constituency whose case was also struck out in a swift reaction has discredited the judgment of the tribunal, stating that the judgment was questionable in many respects.
The lawmaker said he is determined to test the law in regards to the conclusions drawn by the judges, adding that, his lawyers are already doing the needful and are taking appropriate steps in line with the provisions of the law.
He urged supporters to be calm and not fret on the outcome of the tribunal, as according to him, “the mandate you freely gave to me is intact and will remain so.”
According to him: “We have been studying the judgment. In the mean time, we have taken appropriate steps in line with the provisions of the law, to announce our rejection of the judgment.”
“Our lawyers are already doing the needful in this direction. We are determined to test the law, viz a viz the conclusions drawn by the judges. That is why there is an appeal court. We are going there to get justice” he said.
Recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Egbona, a former Chief of Staff to former Governor Liyel Imoke, winner of the February 23rd Abi/Yakurr Federal Constituency election ahead of John Gaul Lebo of the PDP and former speaker of the state house of assembly who has now been declared the winner to represent the constituency.