Tuesday, 17 September 2019

APC C'River react to Tribunal Judgment of Buhari, Owan, others

All Progressives Congress
Cross River State

Office of the State Publicity Secretary


On the heels of the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari at the February 23,2019 polls and the recent at the Presidential Elections Petitions Tribunal Court, the All Progressives Congress{APC} in Cross River State heartily congratulates the President and felicitates with him on the feat.

The party also assures Mr. President of continuous support and cooperation towards the success of the next level agenda.

Regarding the verdict of the Governorship Elections Petitions Tribunal in Calabar, Cross River state which struck out the petitions of our Governorship Candidate, Senator John Owan Enoh on grounds of locus, we consider the said judgment as a travesty of justice given that exclusion matters which was pointed out as the basis for the petition has always been categorized as an election matter and not a pre-election matter for which the tribunal declined jurisdiction.

We consider that the judgment regarding the Abi State Constituency elections  which the tribunal declared as inconclusive with a consequential order for a rerun in 15 polling units was right and valid.

Incidentally, previous verdicts of the Tribunal which threw out our petitions especially on jurisdictions were fraught with errors and were defectively contradictory in some cases.

The petition of Mr. Iwara Iwara, our Assembly Candidate in Abi State Constituency for instance who prayed for a rerun following his exclusion from the March 11,2019 Assembly polls and was granted was after all premised on the same issue of exclusion  in which most of our candidates' petitions were based.

Members of the party are however urged to remain calm as the leadership is making efforts to appeal against the erroneous judgments.

Bassey Ita
State Publicity Secretary