Cross River PDP Primaries: Petitions Trail Mike Etaba, Ogbor Ogbor Victories

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By Sylvia Etta

Forged UNICAL certificate
Forged UNICAL certificate

Documents in possesion of CrossRiverWatch indicate that some members of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Cross River State who lost out in the just concluded primaries are not ready to throw in the towel without a fight back.

The victory of Mr. Ogbor Ogbor as the party’s flagbearer in Biase State Constituency is been challenged in a petition to the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Calabar alleging that Mr. Ogbor Ogbor who until now was a Supervisory Councilor in Biase local government area, did not resign from his position as stipulated by the electoral law and has continued to draw salaries from the council up till last October.

The petitioner also alleged that Mr. Ogbor Ogbor also did not stop collecting salaries from the West African Peoples Institute, WAPI in Calabar where he was a teacher before his foray into politics.

Our source in INEC confirmed that they have received a petition against Mr. Ogbor and are investigating the matters contained therein.

In a related development, Onyebeke and Associates, solicitors to one Obi Steven who claims to be a card carrying member of PDP, in a petition to the state governor, Senator Liyel Imoke and copied to the Director of the Department of State Security, DSS and the national chairman of the PDP, has asked the party and the governor to invite Mr. Mike Etaba who won the Obubra/Etung Federal Constituency ticket to reconcile the inconsistency in the documents he presented to the 21 member Obubra/Etung PDP causus screening panel and the ones he presented to INEC.

Forged NYSC discharge certificate
Forged NYSC discharge certificate

According to the petitioner, “On the 21st of October 2014 at Jorany Hotels, Calabar, Mr. Mike Etaba tendered before a 21 member panel mandated by the Obubra/Etung caucuses of the PDP to select, prune down and screen would be aspirants to partake in the primaries which held on the 6th of December, forged documents including: 1. B.Sc certificate from the University of Calabar. 2. NYSC exemption certificate.”

The petitioner accused Mr. Etaba of forging the documents and using them to hoodwink members of the panel who rated him top but when he filed his documents with the INEC, he presented his correct certificate which is the SSCE, the only certificate he has.

According to the petitioner, this act contravenes the electoral act and section 66:1, 66:3 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

CrossRiverWatch attempt to reach both Ogbor and Etaba were futile as their phones were not reachable.

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8 commentsOn Cross River PDP Primaries: Petitions Trail Mike Etaba, Ogbor Ogbor Victories

  • ANEKE OKECHUKWU PETER(andiec guest house receptionist)

    Mike Etaba is a man of huminity and intergrity he is a man of the people, so i don’t knw y people should be jealous of his success but all i hv to say is that i personally will support mike etaba till d end

  • Etaba for all i care is a native of Etung and not Obubra. He’s been dieseling for Etung elites, buys them cars and oiling their palms. I demand explanations for Bar. Innocent Ovat and others. If my vote is to decide who wins in Obubra, be sure it’ll go to another party and not PDP. PDP hates Obubra with passion and I’m highly disappointed.

  • Mr Thomas, why should they be left alone? If you break the law be ready to dance to its tune. It is that simple

  • Barr.okimasi ojong

    What’s the issue now? Because the constitution says ssce and if before the panel which is not a constitutional body mike etaba decided to show case his credentials which includes his BCS and exemption certificate and afterwards he has now decided to only present his ssce which the constitution recognizes , what’s the offence there…. The prerogatives lies with mike etaba to present before inec what suits him best which includes the requirement. His additional certificates is not a requirement so the question one should ask, is wether he has fullfilled the requirement as provided by the constitution or inec so please let the young man be.

  • They have been selected by d ppl n ordained by God so go hug tranformer if ur opposed 2 destiny.

  • Dats a gud development 2 a bad course, sme ppl thnk dey cn use moni 2 buy d mandate of oda ppl, God knws dey ll neva get away wit it. Ppl lik mike etaba should b arrested n rot in jail. 1. 4 stillin oda’s mandate. 2. 4 forgery.

  • Leave them alone and give peace a chance

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