…Sen­a­tor Otu faults tri­bunal’s de­ci­sion

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Eyo Charles, Cal­abar

Can­di­date of the Labour Party in the last Na­tional Assem­bly elec­tion in Cross River State, Sen­a­tor Bassey Out, has faulted the de­ci­sion of the elec­tion pe­ti­tion tri­bunal sit­ting in Cal­abar, which up­held the elec­tion of his op­po­nent.

Otu was at the tri­bunal where he chal­lenged the dec­la­ra­tion of his op­po­nent, Ger­shom Bassey of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) as win­ner of the March 28, 2015 elec­tion.

On Mon­day, the tri­bunal con­firmed that Mr. Ger­shom Bassey re­mains the win­ner of the South­ern Sen­a­to­rial dis­trict elec­tion as de­clared by the In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (INEC).

Sen­a­tor Otu had al­leged that the elec­tion was char­ac­ter­ized by ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties, elec­toral mal­prac­tices and breach of the guide­lines set out by INEC for the con­duct of the elec­tion.

In his chair­man judg­ment, new of the tri­bunal, Jus­tice O.A. Adeniyi dis­missed Otu’s pe­ti­tion and re­solved all is­sues in fa­vor of the re­spon­dents.

Jus­tice Adeniyi also set aside ear­lier rul­ings given by the erst­while Chair­man, Jus­tice Christo­pher Awubra, fol­low­ing an ap­pli­ca­tion by lead coun­sel to PDP can­di­dates, Paul Erokoro ( SAN) chal­leng­ing his com­pe­tence to sit as the chair­man, since he is a cus­tom­ary court judge and not a high court judge as re­quired by law.

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