The All Progressives Congress (APC) and Labour Party (LP) in Cross River have dragged the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Prof. Ben Ayade before the governorship elections petition tribunal challenging his declaration as winner in the elections.
Hearing on the governorship petition in the state commenced on Wednesday before a 3-member tribunal chaired by Justice Aliyu Mohammed.
Pastor Sylvester Nsa, the APC deputy governorship candidate and Ntufam Fidelis Ugbo in their petitions claimed the governorship elections in Cross River was marred by irregularities.
In their separate petitions filed before the tribunal, the petitioners noted that there were glaring cases of electoral irregularities during the said elections.
Counsel to Labour Party candidate, Barrister Olusoye Olusegun however applied to the tribunal to grant the petitioners leave to serve the respondents through substituted means.
Ruling on the ex-parte application, the tribunal chairman granted leave sought by the petitioners and ordered that the processes be pasted on the wall of the respondent’s residence.
The National Assembly election petition tribunal had also granted leave to the Labour Party senatorial candidate, Senator Bassey Otu leave to serve the PDP senator-elect for Cross River South senatorial zone, Mr. Gershom Basey through substituted means.
The tribunal also granted the petitioner’s prayers requesting INEC to release materials used during the elections for inspection.

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