The Elections Petition Tribunal sitting in Calabar has affirmed the election of Senator representing Cross River North in the National Assembly, Jarigbe  Jarigbe.

Former Cross River State governor, Ben Ayade had approached the court to nullify the February 25, 2023 senatorial election for being riddled with malpractices, disputing about 377 polling units in the northern senatorial election.

However, in a unanimous judgment by the three-man tribunal headed by Justice M. A. Sambo, the court 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 presented by the petitioners for being contrary to what they pleaded in their written statement on oath.

It thereafter upheld the election of Jarigbe of the people’s Democratic party, PDP.

September 9, 2023

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