The Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Calabar has affirmed the victory of the Senator representing Cross River North, Jarigbe Agom Jarigbe.
In a unanimous judgement by the three-member panel chaired by Justice M. A. Sambo, the Tribunal held that Senator Jarigbe won the February 25 Senatorial election.
The Tribunal in its over five-hour judgment dismissed the petition stating that there is no sufficient evidence to invalidate the election.
The Tribunal also struck out some evidences particularly the presidential result sheet tendered by the petitioners for being contrary to what they pleaded in their written statement on oath.
Former Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade had in suit number EPT/CR/SEN/02/2023 approached the Tribunal to nullify the February 25, 2023 senatorial election for being riddled with malpractices and not complying with the 2022 Electoral Act.
The former Governor also challenged results in about 377 polling units in the Cross River North senatorial election.
(Editor: Terverr Tyav)