A chieftain of the APC in Cross River State, Chief Okoi Obono-Obla has said that his party is waiting with heavy evidence to counter whatever the PDP and its gubernatorial candidate in Cross River State, Prof Sandy Onor will file before the elections tribunal.
He said this in response to the exparte order granted Onor and the PDP to inspect all the materials used for the March 18 elections.
Obla acknowledged that it was the right of the PDP and its candidate to challenge the outcome of the election but noted that Onor would fail in his bid to upturn the outcome of the election.
He said “surely, the right to access the court is a fundamental constitutional right. Conversely, the constitution and the Electoral Act vest the right of every candidate and political party that contests an election to challenge the result of the election in an election tribunal if aggrieved with the results. However such a right does not extend to candidates or political parties flooding the tribunal with frivolous or vexatious petitions that amount to playing to gallery or blustery.
“The APC received horrendous videos, photographs, and graphic accounts of mindless, sadistic, and terrifying terror, wickedness, violence, and brutalization inflicted on APC supporters and sympathizers by thugs deployed by PDP and its candidate during the governorship and state assembly elections held on 18 March 2023.
“We are very much ready to file a cross-petition when Senator Sandy Onor dares file a petition in the election petition tribunal to demonstrate that even in the three local government areas namely Ikom, Ogoja and Bekwarra he marginally won his victory there was actuated by mindless violence him and his agents perpetrated against APC and its supporters. So we are not afraid of going to the tribunal.
“We will use the tribunal to show the world that he is a purveyor of violence and he doesn’t deserve to be governor. We are also going to establish how he used the election to wage a vicious campaign of ethnic and religious exclusivity and division in the state.”