The National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Calabar, on
Wednesday, nullified the election of Mr Alex Egbonna of the All
Progressive Congress (APC) representing Abi/Yakurr Federal Constituency
of Cross River.
The Tribunal upheld the petition filed by Mr
John- Gaul Lebo, who contested for the seat under the platform of the
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The petitioner had approached the
tribunal asking it to anull Egbonna’s election due to massive
irregularities and his ineligiblity to contest in the election.
Lebo had contended that Egbonna was not the rightful candidate of the APC.
judgment on the case, Justice Vincent Agbata, Chairman of the three-man
tribunal agreed with the petitioner that as at Feb. 23, 2019, Egbonna
was not qualified to contest in the election of which he was declared
Agbata therefore declared all the votes scored by Egbonna in the said election as defiant votes, invalid and unlawful.
further declared that, Lebo, the candidate of the PDP who scored the
highest number of valid votes in the election, be issued with
certificate of return by the Independent National Electoral
The Tribunal also directed the commission to withdraw the certificate earlier issued to Egbonna.
to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) after the judgment, lead counsel to
Lebo, Aniah Ikwen said they were happy with the judgment and would take
steps to actualise it.
“The judgment said Alex should vacate and
handover to John Gaul, but should he want to pursue the option of going
on appeal, we will meet him at the Court of Appeal”, he said.