The Elections Petition Tribunal sitting in Calabar, has sacked the House of Representatives member, Mr Alex Egbonna of the All Progressive Congress (APC) representing Abi/Yakurr Federal Constituency of Cross River.
The Chairman of the three-man Tribunal, Justice Vincent Agbata, ruled that Egbonna was not qualified to contest the election in the first place.
Egbonna contested against the Petitioner, Mr John-Gaul Lebo of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who was the Speaker of the State House of Assembly.
Mr Lebo had approached the Tribunal to annul the February 23 House of Representatives election for massive irregularities by Egbonna as well as the fact that the Respondent was not the rightful candidate of the APC.
Delivering Judgment on the petition, Justice Agbata declared that as at the 23rd February, 2019:
“Egbonna was not qualified to contest the election of Abi/Yakurr Federal Constituency of Cross River State.”
Agbata declared the votes which Egbonna scored in the said election as defiant votes and therefore invalid and unlawful.
He further declared that the candidate of the PDP, John-Gaul Lebo who scored the highest number of valid votes in the said election and that the certificate of return wrongly issued to Egbonna by INEC should be withdrawn immediately and issued to Mr Lebo of the PDP.