The Calabar Court of Appeal, delivered sixteen judgements emerged from injured candidates, who contested the National Assembly and Governance elections on February 23 in the state.
The delivery of sentences, started after 5.05 p. M. Sabato, lasted more than two hours with the judge Hon. T. Abubakar, the elected judge PO Elechi and the Honduran judge AA Wambai unanimously affirming 14 cases previously dismissed by the Court of Petitions of the Chamber of the National and State Assembly on 4 September 2019.
In the case of the INEC verses, Rt Hon John Gaul Lebo, former president of the State Chamber of the Chamber of the Cross of the river and three others, the Court of Appeal declared: “The appellant has appealed against the decision of the court issued on 4 September 2019 and the petition was successful in some parts.
“That the respondent was not qualified to contest the election, that the decision of the tribunal declaring that the 1st respondent won the election be and hereby set aside” and the three-man Court ordered for fresh elections to be conducted in Ekureku ward 1 and 11 within 90 days from the date of the judgement.
Similar decision was taken in a case between APC and other verses Rt Hon John Gaul Lebo and 2 others. The Court ordered for fresh elections in Ekureku ward 1 and 11.
The Court of Appeal, however, affirmed the decision of the lower tribunal in fourteen other cases saying “The consequence of the foregoing is that the appellant in the appeal berate a singular of merit, it therefore deserves to be and is hereby dismissed.
“The decision of the National and State Houses of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Calabar delivered on the 4th September 2019 in the petition is hereby affirmed,” the Justices stated.
The other fourteen cases affirmed by the court of appeal were; Charles Ikpi Eni and another verses Ofem Nelson and two others, Hon Mkpanam Obo-Bassey Ekpo VS Daniel Effiong Asuquo, Apostle Godwin Ukanupong and Another VS Godwin E. Akwaji & 3 ors.
Senator Victor Ndoma Egba vs Ntufam Sandy Ojangonor, Wabilly Nyiam vs Oko-Rose Okojie, Hon Bassey Effiom Asuquo vs Hon Elizabeth Edem Ironbar, Bar Sabastine Ubua Anyia vs Hon Virginia Itam, Akiba Bassey Ekpenyong vs RT Hon Eta Mbora.
Victor Abang vs INEC, Ebaye Nsin Akonom vs Elvert Ayambem Ekom, Hon Inyang Ogar vs Chris Njar Ogar, Ehie Leonard Ogwa vs Friday Gabriel Okpochi, Ntufam Polycarp Effiom vs Hon Charles O. Ekpe and Hon Egbe Abeng Egbe vs Hon Michael Etaba Irom.