The National and State House of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Cross River, Calabar the State capital, in a unanimous judgment, delivered by Hon. Justice Vincent Agbata on Wednesday 4 September, 2019 upheld the declaration of Rt. Hon. Mike Etaba of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at the just concluded 2019 election.
The tribunal, which held that that the petitioner failed woefully to provide any proof that would convince it (tribunal) to nullify the victory of Mike Etaba, held that the petition is fundamentally defective; hence, the tribunal lacks the jurisdiction to hear the petition.
According to the tribunal, the election which declared Rt. Hon. Mike Etaba winner of the Obubra/Etung Federal Constituency was conducted in compliance with the provisions of the electoral Act of 2010, as amended.
In a media chat interview, the victorious PDP lawmaker, said: “I am excited and happy that the tribunal was able to deliver judgment, upholding my victory at the polls. I won clearly. I didn’t rig election; this was one of my freest elections. I can say that justice is served.
“It is his right; he can go ahead and appeal the judgment. If he wants to go up to the Supreme Court, I am fully on the ground.
“My connection is God. He has a godfather somewhere but I have God the father.
“It is a victory to the people of Obubra/Etung Federal Constituency because what they expected happened.
Continuing, Rt. Hon. Mike Etaba said “Our respected and unbiased judiciary has spoken”.
“This is a victory for democracy. It is victory for the Rule of Law. It is, indeed, victory for the good people of Obubra/Etung Federal Constituency! And, as the saying goes ‘the voice of the people is the voice of God’”.
“I give all thanks to God almighty without whom nothing is possible. I also thank His Excellency, Senator Prof. Ben Ayade, the indefatigable Digital Governor of our dear Cross River State; the leadership of the State Chapter of our great party, the
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as well as the great electorate of Obubra and Etung Local Government Areas”.
“As I said when I was announced winner of the elections, we are all winners! With the confirmation of our victory by the Cross River State Elections Petitions Tribunal today, I repeat my assurances to you, my brothers and sisters, that the interests of our Constituency shall be my main pre-occupation in the next four years”.
“I hereby call on our supporters to celebrate responsibly and bear in mind that the task ahead requires all hands to be on deck to ensure Obubra/Etung Federal Constituency moves forward. I repeat here and now: there are no losers; we are all winners”.
“Thank you all and God bless Obubra/Etung Federal Constituency”.