PDP Clears All Seats As Tribunal Winds Down In Cross River
The Election Petition Tribunal in Cross River State has delivered judgment in the 10 election petitions before it in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The cases include suit number EPT/CAL/S/01/2019 between Sen. Victor Ndoma-Egba, SAN, of All Progressives Congress (APC) and Senator Sandy Onor of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and two others. Others are EPT/CAL/HR/03/2019 between Egbe Abeng Egbe of APC vs Michael Irom of PDP and two others;
EPT/CAL/HR/04/2019 between Victor Abang of APC vs Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and two others; EPT/CAL/HR/11/2019 between John Lebo of PDP and APCs’ Alex Egbonna.
Other cases included those involving the current speaker of the state House of Assembly, Eteng Williams, in suit number EPT/CAL/SHA/13/2019 between him and three others as respondents vs Ujong Bob Ujong of APC; suit number EPT/CAL/HR/12/2019 between Innocent Ovat vs Michael Etaba and two others.
The Pioneer also learned that suit number EPT/CAL/SHA/17/2019 between Sebastian Anyia and others vs Dr. Virginia Abang and two others; suit number EPT/CAL/SHA/19/2019 Charles Eni and another vs Ofem Nelson and two others among others all went to the PDP.
The tribunal headed by Justice Vincent Agbata in its ruling on nine other cases also annulled the election of Alex Egbonna representing Abi/Yakurr Federal Constituency and the only member elected in the 2019 polls in Cross River State.
It declared John Gual-Lebo of the PDP winner in the polls with the highest valid votes.
Consequently, the tribunal ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the certificate of return issued to Egbonna and reissue it to PDP’s Gual-Lebo.
Lebo had challenged the declaration of Egbonna, who is the first respondent as the winner of the election into the Abi/Yakurr Federal constituency.