Landmark Decision: Tribunal Rejects PDP and Sandy Onor’s Petition in Cross River Governorship Election
In a significant development, the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal in Cross River State has made a decisive ruling by dismissing the petition filed by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Sandy Onor. The petition contested the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) declaration of Prince Bassey Otu as the winner of the March 18 gubernatorial election in the South-South state.
The Tribunal’s Verdict:
On Tuesday, the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal in Cross River State delivered a monumental verdict by striking out the petition put forth by the PDP and Sandy Onor. The petition had challenged the validity of INEC’s declaration, claiming that Otu’s victory was not legitimate.
Reasoning Behind the Decision:
After carefully examining the evidence and arguments presented by both parties, the Tribunal concluded that the PDP and Sandy Onor failed to provide substantial evidence to substantiate their claims of electoral irregularities. Consequently, the Tribunal deemed the petition unsustainable and dismissed it.
Implications for Cross River State:
This ruling has far-reaching implications for the political landscape of Cross River State. With the dismissal of the PDP’s petition, Prince Bassey Otu’s victory in the gubernatorial election stands firm. As the elected governor, Otu can now focus on implementing his agenda and delivering on the promises made during his campaign.
The Significance of Transparent Elections:
The Tribunal’s decision underscores the importance of transparent and fair elections in upholding the democratic process. By carefully examining the evidence and ensuring a thorough evaluation of the petition, the Tribunal has demonstrated its commitment to justice and the rule of law.
The Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal in Cross River State has made a landmark decision by rejecting the petition filed by the PDP and Sandy Onor. This ruling solidifies Prince Bassey Otu’s status as the legitimate winner of the March 18 gubernatorial election. As the state moves forward, it is essential to uphold the principles of transparency, fairness, and democratic values to ensure a prosperous future for Cross River State and its citizens.