By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
Calabar-National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal in Cross River State, Thursday, upheld the election of the Senate Leader, Chief Victor Ndoma-Egba (SAN) in the April polls for Cross River Central Senatorial District.
However, Mr. Matthew Ojua, counsel to Mr. Patrick Iwara, Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, candidate in the election said he will challenge the ruling at the Appeal Court.
Iwara had challenged the victory of Ndoma-Egba, alleging that there were irregularities in the elections.
The tribunal said Ndoma-Egba was validly elected in the election as he scored the majority votes cast.
The tribunal held that the petitioner was unable to substantiate the allegation of ballot box stuffing and that there was no evidence or Police/Doctor’s report that some people were beaten on the day of the election.
On the allegation that the date on the certificate issued to Ndoma-Egba was different from the date the election was conducted, the tribunal said the certificate of return had the real name of the person who won the election.
While reacting to the judgment, Senator Ndoma-Egba said he was relieved and that he would now sit down to concentrate on the duties he was elected to perform.
He promised to reach out to his opponent, adding, “I just believe that he (Iwara) will understand that any process will have an end.
“He should join hands with me to serve our people.”