Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has celebrated his Election petitions Tribunal victory over his opponent, Nsima Ekere of the All Progressives Congress, APC, today, Thursday September 19, 2019.
Writing on his dedicated Facebook social media handle, Governor Emmanuel said:
“Today, the overwhelming victory that the good people of Akwa Ibom State gave me at the March 9, 2019 gubernatorial election was again reaffirmed by the Election Petition Tribunal.
To my fellow brothers and sisters on the opposite end of the political divide, I am extending my hand of fellowship again to join me in building a State that would be the pride of us all- an economically viable, infrastructurally developed , morally sound and forward looking State where the abiding cords of our unity and brotherhood will be strengthened.
In every political contest, a winner must emerge and the loser must accept the verdict of the people. The Akwa Ibom people have spoken-they spoke loudly and clearly on March 9, 2019, by overwhelmingly re-electing me to a second term.
The time has come for us to come together and move our dear State forward. The Completion Agenda is an Akwa Ibom Agenda and we must all be invested in its execution”.
Delivering judgment, the three-member tribunal headed by Justice A.M Yakubu, dismissed the case filed by Ekere and and the APC for lack of merit and held that the petitioners failed to call witnesses in eight local government areas out of the 21 they claimed to have won.Consequently, the tribunal dismissed every documentary evidence brought before it and accordingly declared Emmamuel as the duly elected governor of Akwa Ibom.
Recall that the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Uyo on Thursday, Sept 19, affirmed the victory of Gov. Udom Emmanuel of the Peoples Democratic Party in the March 9, general elections, over his petitioner Mr Nsima Ekere of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who had challenged the result of the March 9 election in which INEC declared the re-election of Gov. Emmanuel as the Governor of Akwa Ibom.
Ekere and the APC had approached the tribunal on several grounds including that the election was invalid by reason of non-compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act.
They also claimed that Gov. Emmanuel was not duly elected by majority of lawful votes cast at the election and equally prayed the tribunal to declare that the election was void and invalid due to non-compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act.