The National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in the capital city of Akwa Ibom State, Uyo on Thursday upheld the elections of a PDP senator and a House of Representative members.
The court ruled in favour of Senator Bassey Albert, Senator representing Akwa Ibom North-East (Uyo) Senatorial District.
The Tribunal also ruled in favour of Hon. Unyime Idem, member representing Ukanafun/Oruk Anam Federal Constituency.
PDP also coast home with victory as the court with the 3-man committee affirmed and upheld the victory of Nse Ekpenyong, member representing Oron/Udung Uko/Urueffong Oruko/Mbo/Okobo federal constituency.
The tribunal did not found any evidence against the candidates of PDP as she cited the inability of petitioners to prove allegations of criminality and non-compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act, as contained in their petitions.
Similarly, the election of Hon. Unyime Idem was also upheld on the ground that evidence of Petitioners not able to make any tangible point.
Daily Tells understands that their witnesses of APC were based on hearsay from polling unit agents, without substantial evidences.
However, the candidate of APC, Mr. Bassey Etim, had told the tribunal that Bassey Albert of the PDP was not elected by majority of lawful votes also not qualified to contest the National Assembly elections.
That, his documents were falsified; and that his emergence was by reason of corrupt practices; and non-compliance with the Electoral Act by the Independent National Electoral Commission,
But, he (Bassey Etim) could not substantiate his facts with reliable evidence. The Petitioner, Etim called on the tribunal to order a fresh election and exclude the PDP and Senator Bassey Albert from contesting.
The court, ruled that “All witnesses of the Petitioners including the Petitioner only relied on hearsay in their Witness Statements.
The judgment given maintained that they were unable to proof any units of which INEC did not comply with the provisions of the Electoral Act.
It will be recalled that the Tribunal sitting in Akwa Ibom the state capital has earlier ruled against the governorship candidate of APC, Obong Nsima Ekere