Supreme Court affirms Cross River Gov, Bassey Otu’s election


The Supreme Court has finally laid to rest the lingering legal battle on the Cross River State Governorship election with the affirmation of Bassey Otu as the lawfully elected governor.

The Court on Friday dismissed the appeal brought before it by the All Progressives Congress, APC, and its governorship candidate, Prof Sandy Onor.

In a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Heleen Morenikeji Ogunwumiju, the apex court said the PDP and its governorship candidate failed woefully to substantiate the allegations of non-qualifications to stand for election made against the governor.

Justice Ogunwumiju described as nonsensical the allegations by Prof Onor that the governor was not educated up to Secondary School.

She held the PDP and the governorship candidate chickened out to establish their allegations when confronted at the tribunal to do so.


Although no cost was awarded against them, Justice Ogunwumiju dismissed the petition in its entirety for being baseless and lacking in merit.

The apex court upheld the concurrent findings of the tribunal and the Court of Appeal which had earlier separately dismissed the petition for want of merit.

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