Supreme Court of Nigeria Affirms Bassey Otu as Cross River State Governor

Supreme Court of Nigeria Affirms Bassey Otu as Cross River State Governor

In a significant legal development, Nigeria’s Supreme Court has conclusively upheld the election victory of Bassey Otu as the Governor of Cross River State.

The apex court’s ruling, delivered on a Friday, serves as a final affirmation of the decisions rendered by both the Appeal Court and the Election Petition Tribunal, which previously upheld Otu’s election to the gubernatorial position.

Legal Validation of Election Results:

The legal proceedings stemmed from the gubernatorial election in which Bassey Otu emerged victorious over his closest contender, Senator Sandy Onor of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officially declared Otu as the winner, having secured 258,619 votes. Notably, Otu, running on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), achieved success in 15 out of the state’s 18 local governments.

Supreme Court Affirmation:

The Supreme Court’s affirmation of Otu’s election solidifies the legal standing of the previous rulings by the Appellate Court and the Election Petition Tribunal.

This legal consensus upholds the integrity of the electoral process and confirms Otu’s mandate as the legitimate Governor of Cross River State.

Recap of Election Outcome:

The electoral triumph saw Otu securing a substantial lead, garnering 258,619 votes, while his opponent, Senator Sandy Onor, polled 179,636 votes.

This decisive victory reflected the will of the people across various local governments in Cross River State.

Anticipation for Further Details:

The Supreme Court’s ruling represents the final chapter in the legal journey to affirm Bassey Otu’s election.

While this development brings legal certainty, it is anticipated that additional details regarding the court’s reasoning and any consequential implications will emerge in subsequent announcements.


With the Supreme Court’s definitive affirmation, Bassey Otu’s position as the Governor of Cross River State stands validated.

The legal proceedings have reached a conclusive resolution, marking a crucial milestone in the governance and electoral landscape of the state. Further updates on this matter are awaited.


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