Court orders Akpabio to rerun senatorial race

Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio Credit: SaharaReporters

The Court of Appeal sitting in Calabar has ordered a rerun in Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial district where Godswill Akpabio contested with Chris Ekpeyong in February.

The court on Saturday ordered a rerun in Essien Udim Local Government, where Akapbio hails from within 90 days.

Recall that Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ekpenyong, a former deputy governor, winner of the February 23 election.

The Election Petition Tribunal also upheld his victory but Akpabio, who is currently the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs and candidate of the All Progressives Congress had challenged Ekpenyong’s victory, alleging that it was marred by irregularities.

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