January 27, 2023

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Breaking: Court docket confirms Otu as APC governorship candidate in Cross River

Prince Bassey Edet Otu

Controversies over who the genuine candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Cross River State might have been laid to relaxation as a federal excessive courtroom sitting in Calabar, Monday, declared Senator Bassey Edet Otu because the one in every of fly the celebration’s flag in 2023.

One of many then aspirants within the Might 2022 governorship primaries, Sen. John Owan Enoh, had dragged the APC, Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) and Sen. Otu to courtroom over the nomination and declaration of Otu because the celebration candidate.

Senator Owan-Enoh, in Go well with No: FHC/CA/CS/95/2022, had sought, amongst different prayers, the disqualification of Senator Otu, arguing that the Governorship Screening Committee of the APC had disqualified him from the race for purportedly failing to current his First Faculty Leaving Certificates and West African Examination Council (WAEC) end result through the screening.

In her ruling, the presiding decide, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, held that opposite to Senator Owan-Enoh’s postulations, info earlier than the courtroom indicated that Sen Otu was validly cleared to contest the first by the Nationwide Working Committee, (NWC) of the celebration after lastly presenting the stated certificates.

The courtroom stated the identical NWC, which has the ultimate say on clearance of aspirants, happy with Otu’s certificates so offered, mandated the Nationwide Organising Secretary of the celebration to jot down to and inform the Chairman of the first election committee in Cross River over Otu’s clearance.

She submitted that “the third defendant (Senator Bassey Edet Otu) whose clearance was declared inconclusive by the screening committee was lastly cleared by the NWC.”

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In response to her, the matter of dedication of gubernatorial candidate of a political celebration is and nonetheless stays the best of a political celebration.

On whether or not or not Sen Owan-Enoh had the best to have taken half within the major election since he had earlier withdrawn from the race, the courtroom stated the Senator’s withdrawal didn’t take away his proper as a Nigerian citizen.

“A candidate contesting for the place of governor have to be a Nigerian, meet the stipulated age requirement and have primary qualification in accordance with the structure,” she acknowledged.

Nonetheless, Senator Owan Enoh, via his counsel, Barr Jacob Abang Dakim, who stood in for the lead counsel, Away Kalu, SAN, has vowed to attraction the judgement as quickly as practiceable.