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Election tribunal judgment: Odey, Agi, Jerigbe head for Appeal Court

- From Nsa Gill, Calabar

SENATOR Steven Odey, Joe Agi (SAN) and Agom Jarigbe have approached the Appeal Court to challenge the election tribunal judgment which affirmed Odey as the winner of the December 5, 2020 by-election for the Cross River North senatorial district.

Odey and Jarigbe are both of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), while Agi was the undisputed candidate of the All Progressiv­e Congress in the byelection.

The tribunal judgment was delivered on June 18, 2021.

Despite the decision being in his favour, Odey contended that there were particular­s of error in the judgment, relating to the allegation of submission of false informatio­n in aid of his qualificat­ion.

On his part, Jarigbe asked the appellate court “to determine who was the rightful candidate of the PDP in the by-election.”

He also asked that he should be declared duly nominated and sponsored in the by-election as well as a declaratio­n that the certificat­e of return issued Odey is a nullity.

On Agi’s part, he gave 10 grounds for challengin­g the tribunal’s judgment.

He averred, among others, that the tribunal “wrongly held that the grounds of the petition were pre-election matter, without taking into cognizance the decisions of the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal in the following cases which were indeed brought to the attention of the Tribunal by the Appellants, Viz: PDP V. INEC (2014) 17 NWLR (Pt. 1437), FALEKE V. INEC (2016) 8 NWLR (Pt. 1543) and APC V. OHARISI (2019) LPELR 48924 (CA).”

He further averred that that tribunal judges misdirecte­d themselves in law when they held that “We did not find where the Court nullified the Certificat­e of Return to the 1st Respondent (Odey)”.

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