The Court of Appeal has nullified the senatorial election for Akwa Ibom Northwest District.
Chris Ekpenyong of the Peoples Democratic Party was initially declared the winner of the election by INEC, but Mr. Godswill Akpabio had challenged the decision at the Election’s Petitions Tribunal.
He lost at the tribunal and challenged the decision at the Court of Appeal.
Mr. Akpabio is the current minister of Niger Delta Affairs.
Akpabio’s difficult choices
by Babajide Kolade-Otitoju
- Will he resign as Minister under the law to be eligible to contest the election?
- The Independent National Electoral Commission says only 19,455 voters were accredited in Essien Udim local government area during the last election.
- Results obtained from the other nine local governments, excluding Essien Udim local government area show that Senator Chris Ekpenyong leads with 114, 973 votes while Akpabio has 76,917.
- Going into the rerun, Akpabio is expected to register a minimum lead of 38,056 margins to upturn the election of Senator Chris Ekpenyong.
- Akpabio’s local government is the smallest in the senatorial zone. He lost 9 out of ten local governments in February and if only 19, 000 were accredited at that time it is going to be difficult to get up to that this time, yet he needs more than 38k votes. This reminds me of the Adamawa state governorship rerun. A needless exercise. It was obvious the challenger won’t be able to catch the frontrunner yet the court ordered a rerun.