Akpabio Wins, Appeal Court Nullifies Akwa Ibom North Senatorial Election, Orders Rerun

Akpabio Wins, Appeal Court Nullifies Akwa Ibom North Senatorial Election, Orders Rerun

By Ekamma Jacobs | Staff Reporter on November 9, 2019
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Godswill Akpabio, APC, PDP
Senator Godswill Akpabio, the Niger Delta Affairs minister

The court of appeal sitting in Calabar, Cross River state on Saturday, November 9, 2019, has ordered a rerun election in Akwa Ibom north-west senatorial district where Godswill Akpabio took on Chris Ekpeyong, a former deputy governor of the state, in February.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had declared Ekpeyong, who contested under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), winner of the election but Akapbio filed a petition against his victory at the tribunal.

He had asked the tribunal to set aside Ekpenyong’s election, alleging that it was marred by irregularities.

But describing the petition as “lacking in merit”, the tribunal said the petitioner failed to prove that he won the election as well as failed to present convincing evidence of non-compliance with electoral act as raised in his petition.

Dissatisfied with the verdict of the tribunal, he headed to the appellate court.

In its ruling on Saturday, the court ordered a rerun election in Essien Udim local government, where Akapbio hails from.

The court ruled that the rerun should hold within 90 days.

Akpabio, a two-term governor of Akwa Ibom, is the incumbent minister of Niger Delta affairs.

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