Nigeria’s Supreme Court has affirmed the election of Bassey Otu as the Governor of Cross River State. In a ruling on Friday, the court dismissed the appeal filed by Professor Sandy Onor and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which sought to challenge Governor Otu’s victory on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Justice Helen Ogunwumiju, delivering the lead judgment, held that the appellants failed to prove their case. She further affirmed the concurrent judgments of the election tribunal and the Court of Appeal, which had previously upheld Otu’s election.
Governor Otu secured victory by defeating his closest opponent, Senator Onor of the PDP, with 258,619 votes, winning in 15 of the state’s 18 local governments. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) proclaimed Otu as the winner of the governorship election.
The Supreme Court’s decision solidifies Otu’s position as the duly elected Governor of Cross River State, concluding the legal challenges surrounding the election.