…Senator Otu faults tribunal’s decision
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.