APC Cross River Central: Court Orders Rerun Primary
Justice Fadimatu Aminu of the Federal High Court Special Taskforce hearing pre-election matters has ordered a rerun of primary election for the All Progressives Congress (APC) Cross River central senatorial ticket.
Consequently, Justice Aminu, in her judgement, ordered that a fresh primary election be conducted within 14 days from the judgement date.
The court made the order while delivering a judgement on a suit by a former director-general of the National Women Development Centre and an aspirant for the All Progressives Congress Cross River Central senatorial seat, Barr. Mary Ekpere-Eta.
By the suit, Ekpere-Eta had asked the court to declare her as the candidate of the party for the 2023 senatorial elections in the district.
Ekpere-Eta also prayed the court to disqualify Hon. Etteng Williams and Chief Akinwumi Rickets from participating in any re-run as may be ordered by the court for the APC Cross central senatorial seat having not been qualified to run in the primaries ab inittio.
However, the court agreed with the plaintiff (Ekpere-Eta) that the APC primary election held on the 28th May 2022, to elect its candidate was not conducted in accordance with the extant provisions of the Electoral Act 2022 and the constitution of the party.