Some All Progressives Congress(APC) candidates during the February 23 elections in Cross River state have dragged the Independent National Electoral Commission to the Hon Justice, Vincent Agbata led Cross River Elections Petitions Tribunal in Calabar.
In a joint suit challenging their exclusion, Nwabily Nyiam flagbearer of the party in Cross River north senatorial contest and his southern senatorial district counterpart, Senator Prince Bassey Edet Otu as well as Nkpanam Bassey and Akiba Bassey, both House of Representatives candidates of the All Progressives Congress are challenging their exclusion from the contest.
In an interview with TNN in Calabar, one of the counsel to the petitioners, Nnaemeka Agbidi explained that the basis for the petition was primarily against the Independent National Electoral Commission, which acted in violation of the constitution by unlawfully excluding his clients who aspired under the APC platform at the February 23 poll in the state.
At the inaugural sitting of the tribunal, Idongesit Anana, one of the counsel to the petitioner in suit EPT/CAL/S/01/2019 involving APC's Senator Victor Ndoma Egba against Senator Sandy Onor of the Peoples Democratic Party told TNN that his team had obtained an order of court to serve the first respondents by substituted means where the process would be on the tribunal's notice with effect from the date the order was granted.
“We believe that with the order of court granted today, service would be effected particularly for the second respondent (PDP), to file their reply.
Apart from this, TNN exclusively got other petitions involving contest in the Gubernatorial and State Houses of Assembly wherein Pastor Usani Uguru Usan, Minister for Niger Delta Affairs and Senator John Owan Enoh both All Progressives Congress (APC) filed separate suits at the tribunal challenging the election of the incumbent Governor, Prof Ben Ayade of the PDP.