Friday, 6 September 2019

Decision of tribunal is a huge disappointment, we will seek judicial clarification in a higher Court - Ndoma-Egba

Ndoma-Egba 
Former leader of the national assembly and Senator representing central Senitorial district of Cross River State, Sen. Victor Ndoma-Egba has rejected the decision of the Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Calabar who dismissed his petition on the grounds that the tribunal lacks jurisdiction to try pre-elections matters. 


According to a Statement issued by the Senatorial candidate, the verdict by the tribunal is not only disappointing to him, but also to his supporters and having studied the judgment, his team of legal personnel will be subjecting the judgment before a higher Court for clarification. 


"As a senior lawyer, I retain implicit faith in the Nigerian judiciary. I am well aware of the options available to me. Upon a quick review of our position with my lawyers, we have taken the decision to seek judicial clarification by subjecting the judgement of the Tribunal to further judicial test at the Court of Appeal". He informed. 

Speaking further the former lawmaker said "This decision is borne out of a strong personal sense of responsibility to further developing the law and deepening jurisprudence in Nigeria, in the overall interest of the society."


The statement reads thus: 


The National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting today 4th September, 2019 in Calabar struck out our petition challenging the obvious unlawful action of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in excluding me from fully participating in the Senatorial Elections for Cross River Central Senatorial District held on 23rd February, 2019. 


Without doubt the decision of the Tribunal is a huge disappointment not only to me but to all my supporters and members of the All Progressives Congress in Cross River State. I have received so many calls and messages from different quarters expressing overwhelming solidarity with me and the All Progressives Congress.


As a senior lawyer, I retain implicit faith in the Nigerian judiciary. I am well aware of the options available to me. Upon a quick review of our position with my lawyers, we have taken the decision to seek judicial clarification by subjecting the judgement of the Tribunal to further judicial test at the Court of Appeal. This decision is borne out of a strong personal sense of responsibility to further developing the law and deepening jurisprudence in Nigeria, in the overall interest of the society.  
As we work towards achieving this, I urge all my teeming supporters to not be discouraged but remain calm. 


Remember that the process of making glassware requires subjecting the products to heat tests but to make crystal glass, the product has to undergo over ten times the heat levels required for making ordinary glass. So, we are on our journey to becoming crystal.
We would not have gotten this far without you. Please keep the faith. I thank you for your steadfast support.

Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba CON, SAN

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