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Appeal Court Ruling Throws Akpabio’s Camp Into Confusion

By Akwa Ibom State Divine Mandate

final gasp by Senator Godswill Akpabio to legitimize a whopping 61,329 votes from one of many ten native authorities areas of AKwa Ibom North West Senatorial District within the final nationwide meeting elections has been rejected by the Court of Appeal, sitting in Calabar, Cross River State.

On the Appeal Court in Calabar, the 5 man panel dominated {that a} recent election be slightly performed inside 90 days in Essien Udim native authorities, because of irregularities which all events had admitted of their separate addresses.

Outcomes obtained from the opposite 9 native authorities areas present that Senator Chris Ekpenyong leads with 114, 973 votes whereas Akpabio has 76,917.

Akpabio who misplaced the election to Chris Ekpenyong by 83 ,158 votes to 118 ,215, had approached the Appeal Court to hunt the order of the court docket for the unlawful figures he allotted to himself, after dropping to Chris Ekpenyong in eight of the 10 native authorities areas of the district.

The Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee had confirmed that solely 19,455 voters had been accredited in Essien Udim native authorities space through the election and had rejected the illegally manufactured scores that Akpabio appropriated for himself.

This INEC determination was upheld by the Nationwide Meeting Elections Petitions tribunal in Uyo, which determined that the 61,329 votes claimed by Akpabio had been inconsistent with the variety of accredited voters through the February 23 elections.

Going into the rerun, Akpabio is predicted to register a minimal lead of 38,056 margin to upturn the election of Senator Chris Ekpenyong.

He’s additionally anticipated to resign as Minister beneath the legislation to be eligible to contest election.

Equally, the Appeal Court has additionally ordered {that a} recent election be performed in Essien Udim native authorities space for the Home of Representatives Seat between the incumbent Nsikak Ekong of the PDP and Emmanuel Akpan of the APC.

Ekong will even go into the election with the lead garnered from his victory within the different two native authorities areas of the federal constituency, Ikot Ekpene and Obot Akara.

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