Friday, 1 July 2022

Court Sacks PDP Lawmaker in C'River, Orders Rerun


An Election Petition Tribunal, sitting in Calabar, has ordered the immediate withdrawal of the certificate of return issued to Dr. Effiom Ekeng Edet of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who was recently announced winner of Akpabuyo State Constituency by-election conducted early this year. 

Upholding the petition filed by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bassey Ekpo ruled that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should conduct re-run election in disputed areas that were marred by violence within 90 days. 

Recall that INEC had conducted a by-election earlier this year to fill in the vacant position in the Cross River State House of Assembly occasioned by the demise of late Hon. Elizabeth Ironbar who represented Akpabuyo state constituency. The election which was reportedly marred by violence in some areas saw the PDP candidate, Effiom Ekeng Edet scoring 5,866 votes to beat his closest rival and All Progressives Congress, APC candidate, Bassey Ekpo who scored 5,363 votes.