The immediate past minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio has lost his chance to represent the people of Akwa-Ibom North-West senatorial district in next year’s polls on the platform of All Progressives Congress, APC.
Akpabio lost his bid to return to the red chamber of the National Assembly by losing his case at the appeal court…..CONTINUE READING
Akpabio had contested for the APC presidential ticket but would later step down for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
However, the Abdullahi Adamu-led national leadership of the party submitted his name to INEC as the candidate for Akwa Ibom North-West senatorial election.
Udom Ekpoudom, a retired deputy inspector general of police had won the ticket before the APC leadership substituted him with Akpabio.
Despite the Federal High Court in Abuja ordering INEC to accept and publish Akpabio’s name as the candidate of the APC for the Akwa Ibom North-West senatorial, INEC refused to recognise Akpabio on the grounds that it did not monitor the APC primary which he claimed to have won.
Eventually, the Commission, in compliance with a court order, listed Akpabio as the APC candidate.
Ekpoudom, not satisfied with the unfolding events, vowed to appeal the judgement, praying the court to recognise him as the duly elected candidate of the party.
The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja finally affirmed Ekpoudom as the Candidate of the APC for the Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial District.
The three-man Panel ordered INEC to immediately recognise the plaintiff (Ekpoudom) as the APC senatorial candidate, de-list the name of any other candidate and upload the name of the plaintiff within seven (7) days