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Cross River North Bye-Election: PDP Crisis Continues As Abuja Court Declares Jarigbe Winner, Calabar Court Declared Odey

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Cross River North Bye-Election: PDP Crisis Continues As Abuja Court Declares Jarigbe Winner, Calabar Court Declared Odey

 

As the battle for supremacy continues in Cross River State People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Federal High Court, Apo, Abuja and Federal High Court in Calabar has given two different judgement, one in favour of Jarigbe Agom, while the other was ruled in favour of Steve Odey.

A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Apo, Abuja, has declared Hon. Jarigbe Jarigbe as the duly elected candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the rescheduled Cross River North Senatorial bye election slated for Saturday, December 5, 2020.

Justice Binta Mohammed, in the judgment delivered last month, held that Jarigbe, who was the defendant in the suit, did not supply any false information in his nomination form and was therefore duly nominated as the candidate of the PDP.

The court in addition held that the primary election that produced Jarigbe as the candidate of the PDP was conducted with the authentic and legitimate delegates’ list of the ward and local government areas executives of the party.

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The court went further to hold that Jarigbe, having scored the highest number of valid votes at the primary election, was validly nominated as the candidate of the PDP in the election.

The judge also declared that the PDP primary, where Jarigbe was elected, was duly monitored by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and therefore valid and in line with the law.

The court therefore directed INEC, sued as the second defendant, to include and publish Jarigbe’s name on the list of candidates for the bye election scheduled for December 5, 2020.

INEC was further ordered to give Jarigbe every other rights and privileges pertaining to his lawful qualification and nomination as the PDP candidate.

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The primary election of the PDP has been enmeshed in legal tussle since September 5, when it was conducted.

 

Meanwhile, a Federal High Court sitting in Calabar Presided by Justice S.A. Amobeda has declared Dr. Stephen Odey as the rightful PDP candidate for Cross River North Senatorial District Elections holding this weekend.

Justice Amobeda who gave the judgement in a suit filed by Dr. Stephen Odey against INEC and Hon Jarigbe Agom, in suit No FHC/CA/CS/87/20 on Thursday restrained INEC and any other party to the case from doing anything that will adversely affect the candidature of Dr. Stephen Odey.

The Court laid down the long litigation to rest by uphelding the name of Dr. Stephen Odey as the authentic candidate of the PDP in the December 5, 2020 elections with a mandate for the 1st respondent, INEC to recognize and publish the name of Stephen Odey as the authentic candidate of the PDP.

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This means all the pending election matters over who is the rightful candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) in the Northern Cross River State supplementary elections.

The Court also set aside the Exparte Order of the Port Harcourt Federal High Court granted on 11/9/2020. With this judgement the Court puts to an end the question of who is the rightful candidate of the PDP in the Saturday December 5, 2020 elections.

 

Cross River North Bye-Election: PDP Crisis Continues As Abuja Court Declares Jarigbe Winner, Calabar Court Declared Odey

 

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