The supreme courtroom has affirmed the election of Godswill Akpabio because the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Akwa Ibom north-west senatorial district.
Akpabio was within the race for APC’s presidential ticket however dropped his bid for one more candidate.
Earlier than the APC presidential main, Udom Ekpoudom, former deputy inspector-general of police (DIG), gained the APC main for Akwa Ibom north-west senatorial district.
A parallel main was additionally carried out and gained by Ekperikpe Ekpo, however was later cancelled over irregularities.
In the meantime, a rerun reportedly carried out on June 8 was mentioned to have produced Akpabio because the winner.
Nonetheless, INEC excluded the APC from its record of candidates revealed in June. Festus Okoye, INEC spokesperson, had mentioned the fee will not be below obligation to publish the names of candidates submitted by political events if there are questions over the validity of primaries that includes such individuals.
Consequently, the APC and Akpabio approached the courtroom to hunt redress.
Delivering judgment in September 2022, Emeka Nwite, the trial choose, held that INEC contravened the regulation when it refused to just accept and publish Akpabio’s title, although the APC had listed him as its candidate.
Dissatisfied with the trial courtroom’s determination, Ekpoudom went to the courtroom of attraction. The courtroom of attraction, in its judgment delivered on November 14, quashed the judgment of the trial courtroom and sacked Akpabio because the candidate of the social gathering.
Delivering judgment in Akpabio’s attraction on Friday, Jan. 20, a five-member panel of the supreme courtroom held that the problem of candidacy is an inside social gathering affair and consequently strips the trial courtroom and appellate courtroom of the jurisdiction to listen to the go well with.
Akpabio’s 10-ground attraction was allowed.
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