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Tribunal Sacks Alex Egbona, APC House Of Representative Member In Cross River

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.
Delivering 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 winner.
Agbata therefore declared all the votes scored by
Egbonna in the said election as defiant votes,
invalid and unlawful.
He 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
Commission.
The Tribunal also directed the commission to
withdraw the certificate earlier issued to Egbonna.
Speaking 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.

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